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Haitian woman, 33, charged with attempted murder after ‘dumping her newborn baby into a trash can’

A 33-year-old Haitian woman has been charged with attempted murder in the Boston area after she allegedly threw her newborn baby into a trash can during a break from work. 

The baby boy was later found by a Good Samaritan.

Marie Merisier of Milton, Massachusetts, was detained Friday and charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment. She does not speak English. 

According to prosecutors from the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, Merisier had been working in the Dorchester home of a 73-year-old man when she went to the bathroom for an extended period of time. 

The man told authorities that the woman had asked for a pair of scissors before entering the bathroom, NECN reports. He added that noises could be heard from the bathroom, including that of a baby crying. The woman was inside the bathroom for roughly an hour, the man added.

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Marie Merisier, a 33-year-old Haitian woman living in Milton, Massachusetts, was detained Friday and charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment

As she came out the bathroom the elderly man ‘heard the newborn crying inside’ her ‘leather bag,’ the Boston Herald reports.  

The man offered to call Merisier an ambulance but she refused and left the home, prompting him to call 911. 

A woman named Silvana Sanchez happened to be walking by Pat’s Pizza – roughly 200ft from the apartment – when she heard the baby’s cries coming from a trash barrel. She immediately flagged for EMS, who discovered the baby in a double-knotted plastic bag. 

The small boy was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment and is said to be in good condition. He has been placed in a temporary foster home under the direction and watch of the state Department of Children and Families. 

Prosecutors say video show the mother disposing of a plastic bag in a trash can at Pat's Pizza just 200ft from the Dorchester home where she gave birth. A woman discovered the baby boy and EMS rushed him to the hospital

Prosecutors say video show the mother disposing of a plastic bag in a trash can at Pat’s Pizza just 200ft from the Dorchester home where she gave birth. A woman discovered the baby boy and EMS rushed him to the hospital

Merisier was also taken to a local hospital after police tracked her phone to her home in Milton, Massachusetts, according to WHDH.

‘It is because of all of these swift actions that this beautiful newborn is alive and now hopefully able to thrive,’ Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. ‘I had the opportunity to briefly visit the baby on Saturday and was so happy to see nurses pampering, spoiling and singing to, feeding and generally pouring love and affection into this beautiful child.’

Merisier was seen on video disposing of the plastic bag in the trash barrel, the DA said. The woman told authorities that she believed the baby to be dead. 

Merisier is said to only speak Haitian Creole and reportedly has no family in the area, making it extremely difficult for her to afford bail – which her defense attorneys argues practically keeps her held without bail. At the start of the pandemic, she was  laid off from a job she had at a Haitian restaurant.

Merisier was also taken to a local hospital after police tracked her phone to her home in Milton, Massachusetts

Merisier was also taken to a local hospital after police tracked her phone to her home in Milton, Massachusetts

Merisier is said to only speak Haitian Creole and reportedly has no family in the area

Merisier is said to only speak Haitian Creole and reportedly has no family in the area

‘This case involved an impossible, complicated set of questions about mental health, prepartum and postpartum, hormonal, emotional and mental health crises,’ said defense attorney Cristina Rodrigues. 

Under the state’s Baby Safe Haven Law – created in 2004 – people aren’t charged with abuse or neglect, nor do they have their parental rights waived if they partake in ‘voluntary abandonment’ of a baby 7 days old or younger to a hospital, police department or manned fire station. 

And according to Baby Safe Haven New England Director Mike Morrisey, better outreach is needed in the Boston area to help new arrivals and others who may be unfamiliar with the help.  

‘We’re working all the time to get information to people before they get into this kind of crisis.’ he said. ‘We need to look at what happened Friday and see how we can get into that channel. 

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