Daughter of Red Sox great Dennis Eckersley left newborn frozen in woods: police

Alexandra Eckersley, the adopted daughter of MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley, faces a reckless driving felony charge after her newborn baby was found undressed and frozen in 18-degree weather in a wooded area dark New Hampshire early Monday morning, according to officials.

Officers responded to a report from a woman who gave birth to a baby in a tent in the woods near the West Side Arena in Manchester just before 1 a.m., police said, according to Boston 25 News. Alexandra, 26, allegedly lied to authorities about the whereabouts of the baby and claimed she had given birth prematurely.

After an hour of searching, police found the baby uncovered and struggling to breathe on the floor of a tent by the Piscataquag River in Electric Street, according to the Manchester Fire Service. Police transported the baby to Catholic Medical Center. The baby’s current condition is unclear.

Alexandra Eckersley faces a felony charge of reckless driving after her newborn baby was found in 18-degree weather in a wooded area in New Hampshire on December 26, 2022.
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Alexandra is expected to be arraigned at Hillsboro Superior Court-North on Tuesday, according to the Manchester Police Department. She was also arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.

Manchester Fire Chief David Flurey reportedly identified Alexandra as Eckersley’s daughter.

Dennis Eckersley played for 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 Award Cy Young in 1992. He was named the ALCS MVP in 1988, before winning a World Series with the track and field in 1989.

Eckersley was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Former World Series champion pitcher Dennis Eckersley is introduced during the 2022 Hall of Fame Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2022 in Cooperstown, New York.
Former World Series champion pitcher Dennis Eckersley is introduced to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2022 in Cooperstown, New York.
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley in action during a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians on March 12, 1998 at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley in action during a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians on March 12, 1998 at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
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In October, Eckersley retired from NESN Booth after a 19-year broadcast career with the Red Sox.

At the time, Eckersley intended to return to his native California after the season to spend more time with his grandchildren, according to the Boston Globe.

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