LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The mother of an infant found lying in the grass claims she left him there after a night of drug use made her paranoid.
KTLA reports a passerby was walking in the 8500 block of John Dower Road Southwest around 1:30 a.m. Monday when the individual heard what he or she thought sounded like an “animal in distress,” Lakewood Police said in a news release.
Using a cellphone flashlight, the passerby found the baby lying in the grass and immediately called 911.
Police searched the area, but were unable to locate his mother or father.
Hours after police put out the photo of the baby, they received a call from the child’s mother.
The mother, who was at an area hospital, told detectives she was at the home and did drugs. She said the drugs made her paranoid and she believed she was being chased.
Police say the woman admitted to leaving the baby in the front yard and hoped someone would find him.
The child’s father arrived at the hospital and told police he had no idea the baby was abandoned. He said he and his wife got into an argument and he left the home.
Once the mother is medically cleared, she will be charged with abandonment of a dependent person. The father was booked for an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant.
Police will release the names of the parents once they have been charged.