CHICAGO (CBS) — A Morton Grove woman has been charged with attempted murder, after her newborn baby was found abandoned in a garbage can last month at a nursing home in Glenview.
Police said 40-year-old Verna Tolentino was working at Glenview Terrace Nursing Home around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, when she was taken to Glenbrook Hospital, complaining of abdominal pain. Witnesses said she had locked herself in the bathroom before requesting an ambulance.READ MORE: Over 74,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Around 3 p.m. the same day, cleaning staff at the nursing home found a newborn baby boy inside a tied garbage bag in a trash can in the bathroom Tolentino had used before she was taken to the hospital. The baby was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.
Police said, once the baby had been found, it had been determined Tolentino had given birth and had been transferred to the labor unit at Evanston Hospital.READ MORE: Career Coach: When To Ask For Flexible Work Arrangements
On Friday, police said Tolentino had been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and child abandonment.
She was due to appear for a bond hearing Friday at the Skokie Courthouse.MORE NEWS: 2 Officers Among 3 Injured In Loop Crash On State Street
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