PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A newborn found dead in an apartment on Sunday in SE Portland was stillborn, the Medical Examiner’s Office determined Monday.
The baby’s mother was taken to the hospital earlier in the day from the apartment, but those living with her did not realize she had given birth until they found the baby hidden.
The mother, a 21-year-old woman, remains hospitalized for medical and mental health treatment.
Officers were called to the apartment on the 13800 block of SE Stark Street around 11:30 a.m. where they found the already-dead newborn, Portland Police Bureau said.
David Hernandez told KOIN 6 News he let the newborn’s mother stay with him and another man just a few days ago. He says he met her on the streets 3 years ago.
Hernandez says the woman was in the bathroom for quite some time, complaining about cramps.
When she came down for breakfast, the men say they saw blood dripping down her legs. That’s when an ambulance was called to take her to the hospital.
Hernandez says he then went upstairs and found blood “everywhere”. As he tried to clean up, he stumbled upon a bloody towel under a futon frame.
Portland Police say they have protocol to deal with newborn deaths. The death was initially investigated as a homicide before the Medical Examiner’s results were released.
“With newborn deaths that happen in homes, we have a process we have to work through to determine cause of death and whether there is a criminal element to that death,” Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
It is unclear if the woman will face any charges.