Police: Woman gave birth prematurely, covered baby with pot

Martha Estella Godinez-Diaz (Miami-Dade County Jail)

Police in Florida say a woman gave birth to a premature baby and left her near a backyard shed covered by an empty plant bucket.

News outlets report 20-year-old Martha Godinez-Diaz was arrested Monday on felony child abuse and neglect charges. The baby survived.

An arrest affidavit says the child’s grandfather found the baby. Godinez-Diaz’s boyfriend told police she called him, complaining of stomach pains. When he and other relatives arrived home, she said she was fine. But they noticed a change in the size of her abdomen.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the placenta was still attached to the baby.

Officials said the baby has a “genetic malformation of the brain.” She remains in the hospital.

Godinez-Diaz is being held without bond. An attorney isn’t listed on jail records.

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