The adopted daughter of MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley has been slapped with additional charges for allegedly throwing her newborn baby in the woods of New Hampshire in 18-degree weather.
Alexandra Eckersley, who was initially charged with reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a child, is also facing second-degree assault charges with extreme disregard and tampering with physical evidence, reported WCVB.
The 26-year-old learned of the new charges during her arraignment by phone on Tuesday afternoon while she remains hospitalized, according to the outlet.
Manchester Police responded to a report that a woman who gave birth in a tent in the woods around 1 a.m. on Monday found the uncovered baby struggling to breathe near the Piscataquog River, officials said .
According to an affidavit cited by WCVB, Eckersley told police she did not know she was pregnant and admitted to using cocaine and marijuana in the days before the baby was born.
She also allegedly lied to police about the whereabouts of the baby and said she had given birth prematurely.
During the arraignment, prosecutors said the little boy, who weighs just 4 pounds, was intubated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover.
On Monday, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said the little boy was doing better, WCVB reported.
“There’s no excuse for this,” Aldenberg said.
“If you choose to live in the woods and choose to live your life in a particular way, and you don’t want to accept our outreach that is happening every day in this town – and you want to live there and do that with your life – fine,” he said.
“But you can’t do that, which is what we’re alleging here. You can’t do that to a child,” Aldenberg added.
Under New Hampshire’s Safe Haven law, babies up to seven days old can be left at any fire station, hospital, police station or church, the news channel said.
Prosecutors say Eckersley’s mother, Nancy, told authorities that she and Dennis had offered their homeless daughter drug treatment for years, but she refused, WCVB reported. .
“They had an open offer for her to come home on the condition that she undergo drug treatment, and she obviously made the choice not to,” the assistant Hillsborough County prosecutor reportedly said. , Carl Olson.
Judge Diane Nicolosi said Eckersley could be freed on $3,000 bond, provided she had no contact with the child or anyone under 18.
In addition, the suspect must either live in a sober facility, with a relative, or in a state-approved residence, depending on the judge.
Dennis, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, played 24 seasons, pitching for the Indians, Red Sox, Cubs, Athletics and Cardinals from 1975 to 1998.
He earned six All-Star nominations, as well as the AL MVP Award and the AL Cy Young Award in 1992. He was named the ALCS MVP in 1988, before winning a World Series with the track and field in 1989.
In October, he retired from the NESN stand after a 19-year broadcasting career with the Red Sox.