VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com): The 38-year-old birth mother of the baby girl found deceased on the corner of Green Tree Boulevard and Seventh Street pleaded not guilty during her arraignment hearing on Wednesday, December the 8th. Teresa Reed is facing charges of murder and willful cruelty to a child causing injury or death.
The baby girl who was described as purple in color was found at about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 6th by a woman walking in the area. A second woman, Lisamarie Amador walked through the area minutes later and verified her findings. The baby was a little girl and it looked like she was full term. She had her umbilical cord attached to her and she had blobs of blood on her and the bag (amniotic sac) was right above her head. Her hair , all the placenta stuff, was frozen, like she was sitting there and froze overnight,” said Lisamarie Amador, visibly shaken by the discovery.
Less than 24 hours following the discovery of the discarded baby girl, authorities are now calling “Baby Doe”, Reed was arrested at the old Victor Elementary school building located at 15579 8th Street. The building was the temporary location for the Victor Valley Rescue Mission warming shelter through Sunday night, where Reed had spent the night.
Director of the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, Bill Edwards said that they did not know why the deputies came to ask if Teresa Reed was at the location through the night. The staff quickly provided authorities with the logs showing who stood there from Sunday, December 6th through Monday December 7th. Edwards said he just wished that Reed would have come to the shelter or any shelter while still pregnant as they would have helped her and the child. “If there was any indication that she needed any assistance we offer referrals and would have insured there was something done to help her,” said Edwards. Reed did identify herself as being schizophrenic, but it is unclear if she was receiving any treatment for her mental illness.
Reed is due back in court for a procedural hearing on December 17th per court records. Meanwhile she is in custody at the West Valley Detention Center being held in lieu of $1 million. The remains of “Baby Doe” will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.