A teenage mother tossed her naked, newborn son out a second-floor bathroom window into a trash-strewn alley, where a neighbor heard the infant's cries and called for help, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Eva Flores, 18, pleaded not guilty in East Boston District Court to charges of assault and battery on a child under 14 and reckless endangerment of a child. A judge set bail at $1,500.
Assistant District Attorney Leora Joseph said a police investigation determined that Flores gave birth in a bathtub on Sept. 20 and then threw the baby out the window. She said police found a portion of the umbilical cord in the bathtub drain.
The infant fell about 17 feet into the narrow alley between two homes in the city's East Boston neighborhood, Joseph said. A neighbor heard the baby's cries and called police, who found the infant and took him to a hospital.
The child was originally described as being found in good condition, but Joseph said Tuesday that the baby suffered hypothermia and serious injuries including abrasions, hemorrhaging and seizures.
"It's a very sad, and very strange, case," Joseph said after the hearing.
Flores visited the baby in the hospital and named him Angel, prosecutors said. He has been placed in the custody of the state Department of Families and Children.
Flores' attorney, David Bell, said his client was under psychiatric care but did not offer an explanation for her alleged actions.
Flores moved from El Salvador about four months ago and was living with her mother while attending high school. She could face deportation if it is found she was living in the U.S. illegally.