Daughter Of MLB Hall Of Famer Dennis Eckersley Accused Of Hiding Baby In The Woods
The daughter of an MLB Hall of Fame pitcher is facing felony charges after she allegedly abandoned her newborn boy on Christmas night after giving birth.
Alexandra Eckersley, 26, was arrested early Monday morning after police in Manchester received a report of a woman who had delivered a baby boy in the woods and left the child in the cold, according to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB TV.
When officers, firefighters and American Medical Response personnel arrived on the scene, Eckersley allegedly told them to look for the tent where she gave birth.
Still, Manchester Fire District Chief John Starr told the station that the child wasn`t found.
Manchester Fire Chief Ryan Cashin told Boston Fox affiliate WFXT TV that the suspect gave multiple locations of where the baby could be and could not remember the baby`s location.
“Multiple different areas were searched for the child before the mother finally stated the baby was in the tent where the mother was living,” Cashin told the station.
“As soon as the baby was picked up, members of our fire department and American Medical Response got handed the baby and immediately warmed the baby as much as they could in the back of the fire truck and drove to the hospital,” Cashin said.
Eckersley allegedly told EMTs that “she had no idea she was pregnant and that she felt she had to use the bathroom,”
according to an affidavit.
She estimated that she gave birth to the boy late on Christmas night and reportedly told a detective she left him alone in the tent because:
“What do they tell you when a plane goes down?
In the same affidavit, a Manchester police officer stated that Eckersley appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
“The mother`s responsibility is to the child, and that responsibility was definitely neglected,” Cashin said.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said on Monday the baby boy was alive and improving.
Eckersley was arraigned on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to various felony charges, including second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence and reckless conduct, according to Manchester ABC affiliate WMUR-TV.
But Eckersley`s attorney said she should be released on personal recognizance bail, adding that she called 911 after the birth shows no evidence of dangerousness.
Eckersley is the adopted daughter of former MLB pitcher Dennis Eckersley, who is in the Hall of Fame for his work with the Oakland A`s and Boston Red Sox.