Officials have identified and arrested a woman who allegedly gave birth and left an infant in a trash can at the Walmart in New Roads reported WAFB.
According to the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kyandrea Thomas was arrested by New Roads Police Department shortly after noon on December 24. She is charged with attempted second degree murder.
Officials say they believe Thomas gave birth to the baby in the store and proceeded to throw the infant in the trash. She later checked herself into Lane Regional Medical Center, where she was later discharged and taken into custody immediately.
Chief Deputy Joe Gannon with the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office says the baby was approximately 4 to 6 hours old when found. The baby was unresponsive at first, but medical personnel were able to stabilize the baby at the hospital. Officials are temporarily calling the baby girl Olivia.
The baby was initially taken to Pointe Coupee General Hospital for treatment and was then transferred to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge via Air Med flight. According to EMS, the baby is currently in stable condition.
Thomas was also arrested in 2009 on a negligent homicide charge after leaving a young child in a hot car.
Thomas and another woman, Michelle Veals, were both indicted on negligent homicides charges in connection with the death of Damiyn McElveen, 3. Criminal charges for the owner of the daycare, Wanda Connor, were dropped in 2012. Thomas and Veals were both sentenced to five years of probation and 10,000 hours of community service after pleading guilty in the case.
The two women were employed at a daycare called Wanda’s Kids World in Baton Rouge. The young girl was found dead in a van on July 1, 2009 after being left inside for six hours with temperatures outside of 98 degrees.
The daycare was closed following McElveen’s death.