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Florida mother accused of discarding infant in trash bin

The body of a new born was discovered in the trash after a Florida woman went to the hospital. WTVJ's Gilma Avalos reports.

Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have arrested a mother they say discarded her infant son in a hotel trash bin after she told hospital staff she had had an abortion.

Alexandria Sladon-Marler, 33, was arrested Monday morning and faces charges that include aggravated manslaughter and child neglect, according to authorities.


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The incident began on Aug. 10 when police were contacted by emergency room workers at Broward General Medical Center who said Sladon-Marler told them she was experiencing symptoms from a recent pregnancy, police said.

Sladon-Marler told doctors she'd recently had an abortion and the symptoms were a result of the procedure, but a medical evaluation didn't support her story, police said.

Doctors told police Sladon-Marler had recently given birth but were unsure of the baby's whereabouts, police said.

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When officers went to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Place Hotel and Suites, where Sladon-Marler had been transported from, they noticed an unusual amount of blood throughout her hotel room, police said.

The dead baby was later found "wrapped in a towel and placed inside of a pillowcase" in a trash bin at the hotel, according to a police report.

"They looked around the hotel room and they eventually went to the dumpster and located an infant boy," said Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Detective DeAnna Garcia.

Sladon-Marler was being held Tuesday on $47,500 bond. It was unknown whether she has an attorney.

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