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Teen Charged for Leaving Baby in Toilet

January 17, 2003

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ A high school senior was charged Thursday with attempted homicide for allegedly discarding his newborn child in a portable outdoor toilet.

Police found the baby boy after a father and son heard him whimpering in the park toilet where Gabriel Estrada, 18, of Twin Lakes, allegedly left him in freezing weather.

The infant was in stable condition Thursday, said Sheriff David Beth.

Estrada remained jailed on $500,000 bond after he was charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court, prosecutor Richard Wells said. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.

Prosecutor Christine Gabron said Estrada ``said he had no choice because he didn’t want the baby.″

Gabron said the baby’s 17-year-old mother gave birth Monday in the bathtub of her parents’ home. Gabron said the parents apparently did not know their daughter was pregnant.

The prosecutor said the girl called Estrada that day, put clothes from a teddy bear on the newborn and met her boyfriend in a Twin Lakes parking lot to decide what to do.

She told police that she asked him to take the child to a church or police department, but he declined, then grabbed the child and left, Gabron said.

Gabron said Estrada eventually discarded the baby in a canvas bag placed in the waste pit of the toilet at a park in Twin Lakes, about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. Police found the baby Monday afternoon.

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