Charges were recommended against the mother of the baby revived by officers on the Bayview District street early Wednesday morning after it was revealed she was under the influence of cocaine, an SFPD source told KTVU on Thursday.
Late Thursday morning, the police source informed KTVU that investigators were handing over the case to the district attorney and recommending the mother be charged with child neglect and abandonment.
Both the infant and mother remained at San Francisco General Hospital.
The mother, identified on Thursday as 39-year-old Nneka Nash, is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon on a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child and a misdemeanor count of failure to provide care to a child, district attorney's office spokesman Alex Bastian said.
Child protective services is also involved in the case.
The quick-thinking San Francisco police officers who performed CPR on the newborn have been hailed as heroes.
The incident began around 2 a.m. when police received a 911 call from a worker at the Providence Baptist Church homeless shelter at 1601 McKinnon Ave, reporting a woman at their door who was bleeding heavily.
The worker told KTVU he did not see a baby with the woman when he called police.
"She was crying and looked like she was beaten up and covered in blood," said the worker who did not want his name released. “She said she had just had a baby, but she didn’t have any baby in her hands.”
San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said arriving officers were flagged down by a man holding a newborn baby. The baby was unresponsive, so the officers requested an ambulance and one officer, a former paramedic, began performing CPR.
The officers then decided to transport the child to the hospital themselves rather than wait for the ambulance.
Meanwhile, the female who was reportedly bleeding had left the area prior to the officers' arrival but was found by police nearby and was determined to be the baby's mother.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call police Sgt. John Keane of the Police Department's special victims unit at (415) 553-9363.
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