Mother charged after newborn found in toilet at Calif. Subway

A California Subway restaurant where a baby was discovered in a toilet on Feb. 15, 2016. CBS LOS ANGELES

WEST COVINA, Calif. — The mother of a newborn baby found in a toilet at a Subway restaurant in Southern California last week has been charged with felony child abuse.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says 37-year-old Mary Grace Trinidad is set for arraignment Monday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking her bail to be set at $100,000.

It’s unclear whether Trinidad has an attorney.

Employees found Trinidad’s crying infant Feb. 15 after seeing a bleeding woman leave the sandwich shop and following a trail of blood back to the toilet.

“Employees went inside and saw an umbilical cord hanging out of the toilet, then they found the baby in the toilet,” a police spokesperson told City News Service last week.

Trinidad, who is homeless, was arrested nearby after police reportedly followed the trail of blood out of the restaurant. Trinidad had previously been arrested on Jan. 3 for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The crying infant had to be hospitalized in critical condition because the cold toilet water lowered his core body temperature, police Lt. Dennis Patton told the Los Angeles Times last week. However, the baby is now expected to survive.

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