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Mom: Woman who left baby in toilet can't remember

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Posted: Feb 9, 2011 12:29 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baby in toilet, South Carolina, giving birth, sports arena, pregnant, Jessica Blackham, amnesia, Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, child abuse, neglect, circus, WBRZ

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Relatives of a South Carolina woman accused of giving birth in a sports arena toilet and leaving her baby there say the woman didn't know she was pregnant and can't
remember the birth.

Jessica Blackham's mother told a judge Wednesday her daughter has had amnesia since going into a bathroom at the Bi-Lo Center in downtown Greenville.

Police say Blackham gave birth to the 6-pound boy and left him in the cold water.

She is charged with child abuse and neglect.

Her mother says Blackham felt ill during a circus performance Friday night and went to the bathroom.

She says Blackham can't remember what happened and later went to a hospital for bleeding.

Authorities say a quick-thinking cleaning crew who found the boy saved his life.

Authorities say the infant is hospitalized in good condition.

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