PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A woman was taken into custody this morning and is now facing charges after a 1-month-old child was found in an infant seat carrier overnight on a sidewalk on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Officials say the 1-month-old was found just before 3 a.m. in the 1600-block of Marquis Way.
KDKA’s Harold Hayes reports that the man who claims to be the child’s father says he called police so that the mother of the child would get help.
Kevin Mitchell tearfully told reporters outside the Zone 1 Police Station that the call was one of the hardest things he’s ever done. However, a police news release says the person who contacted them was unsure of the child’s paternity.
“You just can’t be leaving a baby in the middle of the alleyway at 2 o’clock in the morning; no baby and definitely not my baby. I’m just not going to let that fly,” said Mitchell.
According to police, a witness reported that the child’s mother – identified as Evette Smith of the North Side – came to the home, started banging on the door and screaming, and then left the baby along with a diaper bag on the sidewalk.
Mitchell says that it was too much to see his 1-month-old daughter out in the street in the middle of the night.
He says a dispute with the child’s mother resulted in her leaving the baby at the residence of his relatives on Marquis Way.
“I think she’s suffering from postpartum because the ups and the down. One minute she loves the baby, one minute she don’t love the baby,” Mitchell added. “Like I said, she’s not on any drugs or anything, it’s just that I think she’s going through postpartum.”
The baby was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital where she was found to be in good condition. The baby is now in the custody of the office of Children, Youth and Families.
Investigators say five other children, between the ages of 6 and 11, were discovered by police at Smith’s residence on Watson Street. Those children were released to the custody of relatives.
Police say Smith is facing six counts of endangering the welfare of children and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.