ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a Breckenridge woman has
been indicted two months after a crying newborn was found in her
bedroom when she was out of town.
Nineteen-year-old Lauren Renee McDonald was indicted yesterday
on a charge of abandonment/endangerment of a child, a state jail
felony with a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $10,000
McDonald gave birth in the bathroom of her Breckenridge mobile
home in June. Police have said that two days later, she went to
visit a relative in another state, a trip that had been planned for
Police have said that that day her younger sister heard faint
cries coming from the bedroom and found a newborn completely
wrapped in two towels in a corner between a mattress and bathroom
McDonald later told the Abilene Reporter-News that she did not
know she had been pregnant because she had not gained much weight,
and said she did not remember giving birth. Police have said that
the baby girl was apparently three months' premature.
Child Protective Services has custody of the baby.
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