Mother Who Gave Birth in Streets Charged With Crime

New mother took off leaving baby behind as police arrived on the scene to help her

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    Cheryl Hurd reports on a woman who gave birth overnight in San Francisco and then left her newborn with a stranger as police were racing to help her. (Published Thursday, Dec 13, 2012)

    A mother whose newborn was found unresponsive in San Francisco's  Bayview District early Wednesday morning is being charged with two counts of  child cruelty and neglect, prosecutors said.

    Nneka Nash, 39, 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.

    Police had responded at about 2 a.m. Wednesday to a request for a  welfare check at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue from a caller who said a  woman was bleeding there.

    As two officers arrived, they were flagged down by a man who held  a newborn boy who was not responsive. One of the officers, a former  paramedic, began performing CPR and the officers decided to take the child to  the hospital rather than wait for an ambulance, police said.

    Additional officers then located Nash, who was also taken to the  hospital. Both Nash and the baby are expected to survive, police said.

    Police and prosecutors this afternoon were not immediately  releasing what prompted the charges to be filed.