The mother accused of discarding her infant son in a Fort Lauderdale hotel dumpster after she told doctors she had had an abortion was given $50,000 bond on Wednesday.
Alexandria Sladon-Marler, 33, faces one count of child neglect and one count of aggravated manslaughter, according to online jail records.
Reading from a warrant on Tuesday, Judge John Hurley said Sladon-Marler went to the Broward General Medical Center on Aug. 10 where a doctor realized she had just given birth. Sladon-Marler told doctors she'd recently had an abortion and the symptoms were a result of the procedure, but a medical evaluation didn't support her story, police said.
Doctors told police Sladon-Marler had recently given birth but were unsure of the baby's whereabouts, police said.
Hurley said police tracked Sladon-Marler’s whereabouts to a hotel, where cameras revealed she had left a room with “something bundled up in some towels and sheets” and “placed something into a trash bin or a trash receptacle.”
When officers went to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Place Hotel and Suites, where Sladon-Marler had been transported from, they noticed an unusual amount of blood throughout her hotel room, police said.
The dead baby was later found "wrapped in a towel and placed inside of a pillowcase" in a dumpster at the hotel, according to a police report.
Authorities said the deceased child appeared full term and was delivered alive, according to Hurley. They also said the umbilical cord had been torn and “not severed with a cutting-type instrument.”
Also on Tuesday, the woman’s attorney, Melisa McNeill, said her client is “severely mentally ill” and suggested she spend time in a residential treatment facility rather than Broward County Jail.
McNeill added that Sladon-Marler was “in complete denial that she was ever pregnant” and should get the help that she needs.
“The travesty here is for this child that is no longer with us, but also for any mental health consumer in Broward County or the United States that they are not getting the help they need,” McNeill said.