A 39-year-old woman is accused of stuffing her newborn baby boy in a plastic bag and abandoning him in a pile of trash in Jersey City, N.J.
The baby was found Saturday afternoon by children playing outside. Prosecutors said the baby, weighing less than three pounds, was covered in blood with its umbilical cord still attached, and its nose and mouth stuffed with tissue paper.
Hudson County prosecutors arrested Rosibel Lanza on Wednesday. Detectives believe she gave birth to him in her home on Saturday, and then left him behind the Kensington Avenue building.
The teens who found the baby alerted the building superintendent, Arturo Rivas, who called police while his wife, Rebecca Wolmers, tended to the child.
Wolmers told NBC 4 New York earlier this week that her motherly instincts took over as she held the baby while waiting for paramedics.
"I just don't understand how someone could do something like that," she said.
The child was breathing on his own when he was taken to a hospital, where he was being cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Lanza is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and child abuse. Attorney information was not immediately available.