A surveillance video recorded Wednesday shows a teen girl hand a newborn child to a complete stranger inside a New Jersey restaurant, then leave the establishment.

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

El Patron’s Frankie Aguilar said he knew something was wrong when he saw the teen Wednesday afternoon.

“This lady comes in looking very desperate, holding a brand-newborn child. You can even tell,” Agular told WNBC. “She comes in, she looks at me in the eye, I look at her and she had these eyes of terror and despair.”

“The baby wasn’t really moving that much. (The mother) went to the counter. She said she needed help. I got up from the table. I immediately walked over to her and I said, ‘You mind if I check the baby’s vitals?,’” Alease Scott told WNBC.

“So she readily handed the baby over to me. I noticed the baby still had the matter on it from being born, in the hair and the ears. It wasn’t cleaned off very properly,” Scott said.

She realized that the young girl, who was 14, was the baby’s mother and in trouble herself.

“I looked down and saw that there was dried blood on her leg and I immediately said, ‘Oh my God, this is the baby’s mom,’” Scott said. “But I was more focused on making sure the baby was breathing, so as soon as I looked down at the baby she was gone.”

Jersey City police said they responded to the El Patron restaurant just after 4 p.m. for a report of an abandoned baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached.

Aguilar said the baby’s umbilical cord was also still attached, NJ.com reported.

“I administered oxygen to the baby, within a couple of seconds of her getting oxygen we got the most beautiful cry that you’ve ever heard. Her little feet started moving,” Scott told WNBC.

Jersey City Police Officer Ameer Alateek takes a baby from the El Patron restaurant in Jersey City after a girl believed to be the mother handed the baby to customer and fled Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 2021. The mother was detained a short distance away. (Joe Shine | For The Jersey Journal)EJA

Aguilar said the girl had told him that the baby was abandoned, but he said he knew the truth, WNBC reported.

Police took the baby to a hospital, where the infant is now doing fine. They also found the girl, who police said was 14, and took her to a hospital where she is recovering from her child’s birth, WNBC reported.

New Jersey does have a Safe Haven Infant Protection law that allows a person to legally give an infant under the age of 30 days to people working at an emergency room, police stations, fire stations, or rescue squads, NJ.com reported.

The teen is not facing any charges, WABC reported.




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