Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 10, 2007

Mother of abandoned infant arrested

By KENNETH HART

CATLETTSBURG — Police on Friday arrested the mother of the newborn baby boy found abandoned on the steps of a Catlettsburg church Tuesday evening.

Angela Dawn Brooks, 29, of Burrell Branch Road, Louisa, was charged with one count of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of abandonment of a minor child, Catlettsburg Police Chief Mark Plummer said.

Both of the charges are Class D felonies that carry prison sentences of one to five years.

Brooks was not charged by city police with concealment of a birth because the baby was not born in Catlettsburg, Plummer said.

He said police also suspect Brooks was the woman who called 911 from a pay phone at the Catlettsburg Foodland and reported a baby had been left on the steps of the Catlettsburg First Church of the Nazarene, 1400 Center St.

The caller identified herself as “Kimberly Phelps.” She did not provide any contact information or remain at the scene.

“They (Brooks and and the woman who called 911) are one and the same,” Plummer said.

Police responded to the church following the call and located the infant, which had been wrapped in a blanket, at the building’s entrance.

Temperatures on Tuesday were well into the 90s, and police have said it’s doubtful the child would have survived had authorities not been alerted soon after the infant was dropped off.

The baby, a 2- or 3-day-old boy who appeared to be of Hispanic ancestry, was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center to be checked for injuries, illnesses and birth defects. None were found.

Officers had identified the woman who made the 911 call as a person of interest in the case and on Thursday released images of her captured by the security cameras at Foodland. In one of the pictures, the woman is seen carrying another small child.