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A 25-year-old Maryland woman accused of abandoning her newborn child in a patch of woods faces charges of child neglect and reckless endangerment, according to records made public Friday in Montgomery County District Court.
Leticia Guzman of Silver Spring is due in court again Oct. 4. She was being held in jail Friday evening on a $10,000 bond, according to court records and jail officials. Two weeks ago, police allege, she delivered the baby girl in her bedroom before leaving her about 10 feet from a sidewalk.
The child remained in stable condition Friday and is under the custody of Montgomery’s Health and Human Services department.
Court records do not list an attorney for Guzman.
About 5 p.m. Aug. 16, a man was walking down a sidewalk along Tenbrook Drive, pushing an infant of his own in a stroller, when he heard the baby crying. He looked into the nearby woods and saw a naked newborn, according to police. He flagged down another man who wrapped the baby in a towel.
The child, believed to have been less than a day old, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital. There were no immediate signs of her mother at the woods, police said.
The next day, though, a woman arrived at the same hospital, complaining of gynecological conditions but denying she had just given birth, according to court records. Physicians soon believed otherwise, evidenced by several medical observations, the records stated. The woman, who police identified as Guzman in the court records, also was suffering from an infection and underwent surgery.
That same day, two Montgomery County detectives visited Guzman’s residence along Korth Place. They spoke to her brother, who provided evidence of Guzman giving birth in her bedroom, according to court documents.
Police said Guzman was released from Holy Cross this week and taken to the jail.
Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of "The Yoga Store Murder." Follow