Dead newborn found in dumpster, mother claimed it was an "abortion"

Police believe Alexandria Sladon-Marler, 33, gave birth in a Fort Lauderdale hotel and dumped her newborn son into the trash.  Photo via Prosecutors Office

Police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are investigating a woman they believe is connected to a dead newborn baby that was found in a dumpster on August 1oth.

Alexandria Sladon-Marler, 33, went to the Emergency Room at Broward General Medical Center that same day.

“They asked her what she thought she was suffering from,” Detective DeAnna Garcia said. “She advised she’d had an abortion. They found that was not true. She had actually given birth to an infant.”

When doctors treated Sladon-Marler they found that she still had an umbilical cord attached to her.  The doctors say that the manner in which it was severed matches the umbilical cord found attached to the infant.

ER staff contacted local police and informed them that Sladon-Marler had been staying at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Palace Hotel.

“Officers arrived at the hotel and subsequently located an infant’s body in an exterior dumpster,” Detective Garcia said.

Detective Garcia said that someone had wrapped the infant in a towel and then put him inside of a pillow case before dumping his body into the trash.

Police were told that due to suspicious activity going on inside of Sladon-Marler’s hotel room, her aunt was called and came to check on her.

“Her aunt arrives at the hotel, sees evidence of blood,” Detective Garcia said. “She was concerned about the well-being for Miss Alexandria.”

According to a hotel bartender, Sladon-Marler stopped by the bar for ice a few times, but she didn’t draw much attention to herself.

“I don’t like what happened. It’s disturbing,” bartender Mike O’Hanlon said. “I certainly don’t like it happening at a place where I work.”

“[Sladon-Marler] is still being treated at a medical facility and when she’s released she’ll be charged by our homicide investigators,” Detective Garcia said.

This is not the first time Sladon-Marler has had legal trouble.  She was charged with possession of cocaine in 2004 and between 2009 and 2011 she was charged with trespassing. In 2010, she was charged with petit theft.

Authorities want to remind anyone that may be about to give birth to a baby and finds themselves in a difficult situation that there is a Safe Haven Law.  This law allows for parents of unharmed infants to drop the baby off at a hospital or a 24/7 fire station no questions asked, without fear of prosecution.

Sources:  CBS News, The Daily Mail