Friday, June 26, 2009
Update: Newborn found in Shoebox in Lobby of Long Island Apartment Building
Last Sunday night a newborn was found abandoned in a shoe box in the lobby of a Long Island Apartment Building.
The tiny baby, who was less that a day old, still had the umbilical cord attached to the baby and tied off with dental floss.
Yesterday police arrested the newborn's mom. She has six other children, ages 8 and younger, and admitted to being addicted to cocaine during this pregnancy.
Xiomara Gamez, 24, who worked as a prostitute to support her drug habit, was afraid to go to a safe haven because of her undocumented status, police said. She moved from El Salvador 13 years ago.
At a news conference in Mineola, Det. Lt. Raymond Cote said Xiomara gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the basement of an abandoned house in Hempstead just after 1 a.m. Saturday.
She named the baby Pearl and left her at an apartment building where she knows Hispanic families live. Coverage of the story led to a tip from a man in Queens.
This story just gets worse with every piece of information that is released. I pray that a good family adopts this baby and never tells her about her crappy beginning.