Last week, a fourteen-year-old girl walked into a restaurant in New Jersey and handed over a newborn baby…
Before fleeing and leaving the baby in the arms of a complete stranger.
Here’s the full, and very tragic, story…
Now, when it comes to teenage pregnancies…
The negative stigma sadly still exists.
And even more sadly, the majority of teenagers who fall pregnant aren’t usually met with the support they need.
Whether that’s due to family conflicts or lack of financial support – being pregnant at such a young age is unbelievably stressful.
And believe it or not, the rate of teenage pregnancies is the highest in the world here in the United States.
Meaning there are so many young girls and women out there who have experienced this kind of stress and anxiety.
And today’s heartbreaking story is a firm reminder of this fact.
Much to the shock of staff and diners, a teenager walked into a Mexican restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon last week with a newborn baby in her arms.
But after asking for help, the fourteen-year-old girl fled the restaurant…
Leaving her baby in the arms of a complete stranger.
Of course, people have been left stunned by the tragic story…
And many have been praising the teenager for leaving her baby in the safety of caring adults, rather than dumping the infant somewhere dangerous or unsafe.
The incident, which unfolded at the El Patron restaurant, was caught on CCTV surveillance footage.
The fourteen-year-old is seen walking to the front counter with the baby girl cradled in her arms claiming she had “found the infant”, according to ABC7.
Restaurant owner Frankie Aguilar explained the teenager then handed her baby to a good samaritan who was dining…
Before she ran away, leaving the newborn in the arms of the kind stranger.
Alease Scott, who was eating lunch with her boyfriend, Walter Cocca, didn’t hesitate when the teen asked for help.
“I said, ‘Do you mind if I check the baby’s vitals?’ and she readily handed the baby over to me so my focus went right onto the baby,” Alease explained, before confirming she is trained in CPR and first aid.
Because the baby still had part of her umbilical cord attached, an ambulance was swiftly called and paramedics arrived on the scene with medical gear and oxygen.
“Once I applied an oxygen mask to the baby, all of a sudden we heard the most beautiful cry and the baby started moving, she slightly opened up her eyes and then she closed her eyes but the sweetest thing was when she got hungry and she was trying to suckle on the oxygen mask… so we knew she was OK after that,” Alease said.
It was while this was all happening when the teenager left the restaurant…
But the police later found the girl and confirmed both she and the baby are doing well.
The fourteen-year-old won’t be facing criminal charges…
And the baby girl is being put up for adoption.
“I’m just so happy I was there to help because she just was desperate and didn’t know what to do, she was so young,” Alease explained.
Speaking of the shocking incident, the family-owned business said they were happy the young mom decided to go to their restaurant for help.
“And hopefully, we as a society become better at just helping one another, especially after COVID,” Aguilar said.
You can witness the footage for yourselves here:
And we sincerely hope that both the young mother and her baby girl are doing okay during such a difficult time.