WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A search warrant filed by Wilmington police Wednesday provides disturbing details related to the mother charged with attempted murder after abandoning her newborn son in a trash bin behind a church.
GRAPHIC WARNING: Some may find details related to the incident disturbing
The new documents allege the baby was left in a toilet for seven hours before he was sealed in a black trash bag, placed in a trunk, and later left in the church garbage can. The warrants suggest the baby boy was in the black bag for about an hour before he was rescued.
The mother told police she knew the baby was alive because he was crying, warrants say.
A woman walking her dog heard the child’s cries and found the baby in a sealed, black trash bag. The baby boy was bloody and had the umbilical cord still wrapped around his neck, but survived.
The warrants from police say the mother admitted she gave birth in the toilet at home in her bathroom. She told police she left the baby in the toilet for seven hours, until 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.
After having the baby, she left the bathroom and went to feed her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Afterward, she went back into the same bathroom, with her son still in the toilet, and took a shower.
Warrants say Macedo told officers she knew the baby was still alive at the time because she could hear him crying in the toilet.
The warrants say the baby was eventually placed in a black plastic trash bag that was tied shut and placed in the trunk of her car while she drove to Walmart to buy milk. Walmart video footage confirms Macedo and her daughter were inside the store for about 15 minutes. In her statement to police, Macedo says she knew the baby was still alive because she could hear him crying.
After she completed her shopping with the baby in the trunk, she drove to Christ Community Church, placed the sealed bag with the baby inside the blue trash bin, and returned home.
Data from the National Weather Service confirmed the temperature reached 89 degrees that day in Wilmington.
Warrants confirm Macedo told investigators the baby’s father did not know she was pregnant and was at work the night she left the child in the church trashcan. When police interviewed the father of the baby, warrants say he told investigators he was working in Southport on the night she had the baby and he was out of town when she was arrested. Records confirming his work schedule that week from his employer were also sent to WPD, the warrants say.
The father told police he didn’t know she was pregnant but was suspicious because she had been putting on weight, which Macedo told him was due to a medication she was on and “drinking a lot of sodas.” Furthermore, the father says Macedo told him she was on her menstrual cycle the night she abandoned the baby.
The search warrants also shed light on how police located the mother.
Officers found the vehicle of interest on a traffic camera and later located it at the Royal Palms Trailer Park. When detectives knocked on Macedo’s door, she allowed police to come inside and speak with her. On July 17, Macedo immediately admitted the newborn baby boy found in the blue trash bin was hers.
North Carolina’s Safe Surrender Law allows a parent to surrender a newborn up to seven days old to a responsible adult without the parent providing his or her name. Safe Surrender is legal and aims to prevent newborns from being hurt or abandoned.
According to the NCDHHS website, people wishing to surrender their newborn must do their best to ensure the baby is healthy, warm, and clean. Furthermore, North Carolina’s law mandates a baby must be surrendered to a person, not a location. Best options for a Safe Surrender Contact is a healthcare provider, a law enforcement officer, a social services worker, or an emergency medical worker.
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