When Nicole Jones walked into Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center on January 1 with a newborn, the 23-year-old told hospital staff she found the baby at a local McDonald’s.
What police later found at Jones’s home painted an entirely different picture.
According to WTKR, court documents state Jones arrived at the Norfolk, Virginia, hospital claiming she had found the baby while eating at McDonald’s. Jones said she called 911 but was told by dispatchers it would “be a while” before they could reach her. Jones decided to bring the baby to the hospital instead.
Hospital staff told police the baby had a depressed body temperature, critical respiratory arrest, and due to an improper clamping of the umbilical cord after cutting, had lost a lot of blood.
Police later searching Jones’s home reportedly found blood, a medical kit, and a one-year-old boy who was crying. In an interview with police, Jones ultimately admitted she had given birth to the baby.
Jones reportedly said when she realized she was giving birth she used her phone to search “safe home births,” “water births,” and safe haven options in Virginia.
According to WTKR, neighbors seemed to know little about Jones, who was renting a room in a man’s home and was seen walking in the neighborhood. One neighbor told WTKR Jones was “always by herself.”
The outlet also reports Jones faces charges of child neglect, cruelty to a child, and giving false ID to police. She is being held without bond at the Norfolk Jail and is due in court March 12.