Woman placed newborn baby in hospital trash after giving birth, police say

A woman is being accused of putting her newborn baby in a hospital garbage can after giving birth, according to Fort Lauderdale police.

Officials say Rubi Ramirez, 25, tossed her infant in a bathroom trashcan at Broward Health Medical Center last week.

The baby survived after being found beneath a pile of bloody paper towels by a hospital doctor. He or she is believed to have been carried to full term, police said.

Ramirez was arrested and charged with child abuse without great bodily harm and desertion of a child, said Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for Fort Lauderdale police. The child was been placed in foster care, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families, which is now investigating.

According to a police report, Ramirez came into the hospital with complaints of abdominal pain. The Sun Sentinel reported that Ramirez’ mother found her bleeding in the hospital restroom and called nurses.

When a doctor asked if she was pregnant, she said no. The doctor didn’t believe her and then searched the restroom, finding the newborn in the trash.

When questioned by police, Ramirez said she didn’t know she was pregnant and that the baby “fell” into the trash, according to a police report. However Ramirez later told deputies she did know she was pregnant and admitted to placing the child under bloody paper towels.

“We believe that there are some mental health issues involved in this case,” Ramirez’s attorney, Jeffrey Bloom, told the Sentinel. He has since entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. “We are going to investigate further and as the facts develop, we believe it will be shown that Ms. Ramirez is the victim in this case.”

Ramirez was granted a $5,000 bond by a Broward judge and is not allowed to have contact with the child.