According to reports, the estranged daughter of MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley compared leaving her infant in the cold to a plane crash and claimed she was trying to save herself first.
What information do you receive after a plane crashes? The Boston Herald highlighted a police affidavit in which Alexandra Eckersley is quoted as saying to officers, “Save yourself first.
When asked why she had left her infant boy naked in a tent in 18 degree cold while she waited for an emergency, she gave the unusual response.
The 26-year-old Eckersley is still in the hospital and is accused of felony reckless behavior, endangering a child’s welfare, second-degree assault with great indifference, and fabricating physical evidence.
She admitting using cocaine and marijuana in the days prior to giving birth in some New Hampshire woods at around one in the morning on Monday, telling detectives she had no idea she was pregnant.
According to reports, Manchester police discovered the exposed child, who was having difficulty breathing, close to the Piscataquog River.
Eckersley and her boyfriend, George Theberge, 45, who was named in court documents, also opted to turn off a propane heater in the tent while they waited for help, the outlet stated, citing the police affidavit.
When authorities tried to ask the woman where the infant was after she called 911, she was characterized as writhing, unsteady on her feet, and possibly under the influence of drugs.
Jordan Strand, her public defender, claimed in New Hampshire’s Hillsborough County Superior Court that she exerted every effort despite losing blood and perhaps becoming hypothermic after delivering birth.
She took the necessary action to seek assistance. Even under ideal conditions, childbirth is quite risky, according to Strand.
The infant was transported to Catholic Medical Center by EMS for emergency breathing before being moved to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he is still intubated, according to Assistant County Attorney Carl Olson.
After being delivered almost three months early, the infant was said to weigh 4.4 pounds.
According to the affidavit submitted in court on Tuesday, Eckersley “had no idea where the child may be” when police arrived and assisted in the search.
According to the report, officers called the New Hampshire State Police cadaver dogs because they thought the youngster might have died.
The statement reportedly claims that there was a lot of blood and multiple blankets in the area where the infant was discovered, which was in a small tent inside a larger one.
The baby wailed for less than a minute after birth, according to Eckersley’s account to the police, and Theberge thought the infant didn’t have a pulse.
According to the news source, she told police that she was concerned about losing her tent.
According to the statement, Eckersley claimed that it would be extremely difficult for them to survive if they had lost their tent due to the bitterly harsh winters in Manchester.
In order to prevent the police from discovering the tent, Eckersley and her partner, according to her, planned to tell them that she gave birth in some athletic fields.
After Eckersley entered a not guilty plea, Judge Diane Nicolosi set her bail at $3,000 cash and placed several restrictions on her, such as prohibiting her from speaking to her son and requiring that she live in a sober living home, with her parent, or in another place that had been authorized by the state or the court.
Theberge will likely face charges in this case, according to the authorities.
The mother of Eckersley, Nancy, allegedly told the prosecution that she and her ex-husband Dennis had long given their daughter addiction treatment, but she opted to live on the streets instead.