Mother throws her newborn in a motel trash can

Alexandria Sladon-Marler 
By: Debbie Gross 

(Scroll down for video) A woman staying at a motel threw her newborn in a trash can.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida woman, is now under investigation in relation to this incident, police said this week.

"Officers arrived at the motel and later found the body of a baby in a dumpster outside," Fort Lauderdale Police Det. DeAnna Garcia said.

Someone wrapped the child in a towel and put it in a pillowcase before throwing it away in the trash, Det. Garcia explained.
The police found the baby on August 10.

That was the same day that emergency physicians at Broward General Medical Center treated Alexandria Sladon-Marler, who is 33-years-old.

"I asked her what she thought she was suffering from," Det. Garcia said. "She advised she had an abortion. We discovered that was not true. She gave birth to a child," Garcia said.

ER staff contacted police and told them Sladon-Marler had been staying at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Palace Motel.

Authorities said Sladon-Marler’s relative was notified of suspicious activity in the motel room.

"Her aunt came running over to the motel where she saw blood," Det. Garcia explained. "I was concerned about the welfare of Miss Alexandria," she said.

Sladon-Marler has been in trouble before. She has been charged with burglary, petty theft and possession of cocaine in cases ranging from 2004 to 2011.

"She is still being treated at a medical center. When she is released, she will be charged by our homicide investigators," Det. Garcia said.

In cases like this, the police want to remind the public about the Safe Haven law.

The law allows parents of babies to leave the child in a hospital or fire station 24 hours a day without questions and without fear of prosecution.