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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Baby dumped in hospital trash can died Wednesday, mother may face murder charges
The newborn girl dumped in a trash can at a Queens hospital last week died Wednesday and her mother could face murder charges, prosecutors said.
The child had been on life support since May 10, when Queens prosecutors say
abandoned the full-term infant in an emergency room trash can at
Lama, who didn't tell anyone she was pregnant, was found sleeping inside her 65th St. home in
just two hours after she dumped the baby.
"I was in the hospital today when the baby died," said Lama's boyfriend, Bishnu Gurung, who was the father of the baby girl.
"Everybody was just crying," said Gurung, 28, who didn't know Lama was pregnant. "Now we're in the temple, praying and grieving."
Lama, 23, has been charged with assault.
A grand jury will consider upgrading the charge to murder, said
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown
Brown said Lama would not have been charged with a crime if she had turned the child over to hospital workers.
New York State
law, mothers can leave a baby within five days of its birth at any city hospital or fire house with no questions asked.
Lama told cops she feared her mother would discover her pregnancy. -
Kak Wan Kamsiah
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