Rosibel Lanza, N.J. mother, arrested for abandoning newborn in trash pile

Rosibel Lanza
CBS New York
Rosibel Lanza
CBS New York

(CBS/AP) JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The mother of a newborn found abandoned but alive behind an apartment building in northern New Jersey has been arrested.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office says Rosibel Lanza, 39, was taken into custody late Wednesday night.

Authorities believe the Jersey City resident gave birth to a baby boy, who was about 11 or 12 weeks early, at home on Aug. 31, according to CBS New York.

Prosecutors say Lanza then placed the child in a shopping bag along with paper towels and toilet paper, and tied the bag.

The baby was found alive by children who were playing behind a Jersey City apartment building.

The station reports the baby weighed less than three pounds when he was found but is now doing well.

Lanza has been charged with child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

It's not clear if she has retained an attorney for her first court appearance on Thursday.

Lanza faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the station.

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