Mother arrested after leaving 1-month-old baby on bus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Police

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A Lehigh Valley mother accused of leaving her baby on a bus is behind bars on Monday night. Police say the woman walked on the bus in Bethlehem over the weekend, handed her infant to the driver and then turned around and walked away.

It happened on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the bus stop near the intersection of Guetter and Broad streets in Bethlehem.

"You never know what she was going through or what's in her head, she might not have no family," said Brian Oliver.

The mother was arrested and charged.

According to the criminal complaint, while Bus #12-93 was stopped, the woman approached the bus with her 1-month-old baby boy in hand.

Next, she entered the bus, placed him on the farebox and told the driver to "call the police and that this was her son that she can't take care of."

According to the police report, after the mother left the bus, she walked away in tears. Police later found her just a few hundred yards away at 85 West Broad Street.

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Bus riders we spoke with say at least she gave the baby to someone who would get him to safety.

"Personally, I think you should take it to the right authority, but in the same respects, taking it to a bus driver they can make sure the baby is taken care of," said Darrell Phillips of Bethlehem.

The Safe Haven Law in Pennsylvania states a baby no older than 28 days must be left at a hospital or with a police officer at a police station.

In this case, the mother didn't do that and she was charged with a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.

Some people we spoke with disagree with that.

"She could have left the baby in a garbage can or something like that, luckily she didn't," said one person.

Law enforcement officers want to remind anyone in a tough situation like this to do the right thing and that you must follow the law.
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