A newborn baby died after her teenage mother improperly cut the umbilical cord in a bungled home birth in The Bronx over the weekend.
Police said they got a 911 call at around 6.11pm on Saturday about a medical emergency involving a baby at 532 Olmstead Avenue in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx.
Officers who responded to the scene found a 17-year-old girl who had just delivered a baby in the bathroom of her family’s seventh-floor apartment while home alone.
A 17-year-old girl delivered a baby girl in the bathroom of her family’s apartment on Olmstead Avenue (pictured) in The Bronx Saturday
The teen mom (not pictured) told police she did not know she was pregnant until she went into labor while home alone (stock photo)
By the time police arrived, the infant was unconscious and unresponsive, reported NBC New York.
The baby girl and her mother were taken to Jacobi Hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead shortly before 7pm. A medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
When interviewed by police, the 17-year-old mother claimed she did not know she was pregnant until she went into labor on Saturday, sources told the New York Daily News.
The girl, who has not been named, also reportedly told investigators she went online to look up information on home births, but she cut the umbilical cord to close and then failed to clamp it to stop the blood flow.
Bungled: The teen mom allegedly botched the home birth by improperly cutting the umbilical cord, and her daughter died a short time later at Jacobi Hospital (pictured)
The 17-year-old called 911 for help when her newborn stopped crying.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the teenage mother has not been charged with any crime in connection to the child’s death.