Mom charged after baby found in dumpster

Angelica Huerta Clark, 21, was charged with murder

April 11, 2011 1:03:42 PM PDT
Houston police say they have charged the mother of a baby who was discovered dead in a dumpster in a southeast Houston apartment complex. On December 28, 2010, at about 10:45am, a maintenance worker at the Windshire Apartments in the 4400 block of South Shaver discovered the newborn baby girl in a dumpster as he was taking the trash from one dumpster to another. Police and HFD emergency personnel were then called to the scene.

The baby girl suffered no apparent wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the baby girl was born alive and died of asphyxiation and exposure.

Police say investigation identified Angelica Huerta Clark, 21, as the mother of the newborn. On Friday she was arrested and charged with murder.

Ten years ago, the state of Texas adopted the Baby Moses Law which allows newborns to be left at fire or police stations or hospitals with no questions asked. The baby can be handed over anonymously, and will receive proper medical care.