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Police release more details on abandoned baby

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 3/17/2014 10:40 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Houston Police have identified the woman they say abandoned her newborn baby in a storage unit last Friday as 25-year-old Cora Lynn Watkins.  They also say this isn't the first time she's committed a crime of this nature.

Police say some children were playing outside along West Pittsboro Street, Friday, and heard a baby crying.  "They went back inside and got some of the family members," said Police Chief Bill Voyles.  "They went out to the storage shed and found the little baby out there wrapped in a blanket. 

Those family members rushed the baby to Trace Regional Hospital.  He was later airlifted to Le Bohneur Children's Hospital in Memphis. 

 "The first incident we had back a couple years ago involved a child that was left at the Salvation Army in Houston," said Houston Police Officer Robert Ivy.

That incident landed Watkins in jail. She was later placed on probation for abandoning the first child.

"Now it's an ongoing thing," Ivy said. "The court system is going to deal with her now."

Voyles said Watkins delivered the baby on her own, dropped the newborn off in the shed and then returned to work.

That's when family members intervened.

"They tried to get up with the mom on the phone and couldn't," he explained. "So they went to her job and got her and took her to the ER."

Watkins is currently being treated at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where she should be released in the next few days.

That's when police will arrest her and charge her with one felony count of abandonment of a child under the age of six and one felony count of abuse of a newborn.

Next door neighbor Karen Helms said she's shocked to hear the news.

"There's so many people out there today to give anything for a newborn baby that can't have any," Helms said. "I can't wrap my head around how anybody would ever, ever do something like that to an innocent child."

Voyles said Watkins was released from probation last month from the 2010 case.

Police say the baby is doing well at Le Bohneur. Voyles said the infant will remain in the custody of the Department of Human Services until adoption pares are filed.
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