Alexandra Eckersley, the 26-year-old adopted daughter of MLB first ballot Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, was arrested Monday and charged with gross reckless conduct, second-degree assault/extreme indifference, endangering the welfare of a child and falsifying physical evidence after giving birth her son in the woods for Christmas and abandoned the child.
The Manchester Police Department in New Hampshire announced the arrest of Eckersley, saying she intentionally misled authorities about the child’s whereabouts.
“Manchester Police and Fire and American Medical Response personnel searched the area where the baby’s mother directed them, but were unable to locate the child,” the statement said.
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“After nearly an hour, the mother revealed the true location of the baby and led officers to the area. There, officers located the baby who was treated by EMTs and transported to a local hospital for treatment.”
Police responded to a call about the homeless Eckersley around 12:40 a.m. on Dec. 26 near the West Side Arena area. The child was reportedly found near a footpath in a tent and was described by first responders as “moving, not crying and exposed,” according to Manchester’s WMUR-TV.
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The reported temperature at the time was around 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg told CBS News, “Had we not collectively found that little boy when we did and given the first aid that was given, I’m pretty sure the child probably would have died in that tent.”
According to an affidavit, via Boston Fox affiliate WFXT, Eckersley told EMTs “she had no idea she was pregnant and that she felt like she needed to use the bathroom.”
When asked why she left the baby, she replied: “What do they tell you when a plane goes down? Save yourself first.”
Manchester police believe Eckersley was under the influence of drugs.
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Dennis Eckersley, 68, was inducted into Cooperstown in 2004 after owning a 3.50 ERA during his 24 years of MLB service. His longest stint with one team was in Oakland with the Athletics, posting a 2.74 ERA as one of the best relievers in baseball with 320 saves over 525 plate appearances.
He also spent eight years with the Boston Red Sox and has broadcast their games with NESN, a gig he just announced his retirement from earlier this year.
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An investigation continues in Manchester into the situation.