A judge set bond for Sidney Woytasczyk at $20,000.
Woytasczyk's court-appointed attorney argued for a personal release bond citing no criminal history, as well as her living in a stable residence with her mom. Her counsel also revealed she is a working college student.
Prosecutors requested a bond double the set amount. In addition, prosecutors alleged the woman on the night of the birth felt the baby girl turn before the child dropped to the floor in her kitchen. They said she cut the umbilical cord and put the baby outside before cleaning up and going to sleep.
Citing a nurse, prosecutors said the child was in danger of bleeding out due to the improper umbilical cord cut and clamping. The child is being treated for a bacterial infection.
Harris County Sheriff's Office revealed Monday that Woytasczyk faces a charge of child abandonment.
Press briefing at 2 pm at 1200 Baker to announce felony child abandonment charge against mother of newborn abandoned in Spring #hounews— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 14, 2017
Officials say Woytasczyk claims she didn't know she was pregnant. Investigators said they weren't buying that, though. They believe she knew she was pregnant and was trying to hide her pregnancy from her boyfriend.
"We believe that she was trying to hide the fact that she was pregnant and gave birth from her boyfriend," said Sergeant Matt Ferguson of the Child Abuse division of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
In fact, investigators said Woytasczyk went so far as to have the baby by herself in the kitchen and then attempted to clean up the area afterward.
Last week, there was bombshell testimony heard in a Houston courtroom, where a man claiming to be the father of the baby said he had no idea the mother was pregnant.
Officials say Deandre Skillern claims to be the father, but there is no indication he had a part in the child's abandonment.
According to authorities, Woytasczyk had the baby in her kitchen and placed it outside because she was worried the child would come between her and her boyfriend.
A neighbor discovered the baby and took video. It shows the newborn, delivered about six hours before, lying naked and alone on the ground.
Deputies said the baby was left abandoned on a sidewalk in Spring, right outside the apartment.
In court, graphic evidence was presented as investigators said the umbilical cord was ripped, causing the baby to have a bacterial infection.
We also learned the baby was left outside, alone in the dirt for six hours before she was discovered.
Prosecutors said they have concerns.
"Because how the child was found, the child was found unprotected, exposed to, almost to the brink of possibly being deceased," Dan-Phi Nguyen said, with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
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Deandre has taken a DNA test. The results are not in.
He wants custody and so does the baby's maternal grandmother.
CPS has temporary custody of the child but could determine in the next weeks who the baby girl will live with.
"The caseworker goes out, goes to the home, makes sure there's adequate space, makes sure it's a comfortable loving home, make sure it's safe," said Tiffani Butler, with Child Protective Services.
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