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In a Burger King Bathroom, a Newborn Defies Odds

Infant born in toilet expected to be OK as mother heads to rehab
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2018 9:11 AM CDT
She Thought She Miscarried, Until the Baby Moved
   (AP Photo/Matt York)

A 26-year-old Ohio woman is heading to drug rehab in the hope of securing custody of her week-old son, born in the toilet of a Burger King bathroom stall. Authorities responding to a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a running car say they found Zachary Frey, 26, "nodding off" in the parking lot of a Chillicothe Burger King with a bag of what they believed to be heroin in his pocket, reports the Chillicothe Gazette. His girlfriend was of greater concern. Found in a bathroom stall with a ball of suspected heroin beside her, Elizabeth Sanders said she believed she'd had a miscarriage. However, the infant in the toilet was found to be breathing after a movement briefly caused the boy's face to be submerged in water, according to police.

Sanders, who admitted to using heroin a few days before going into labor, said she "thought she had to pee and then it happened and she does not remember anything else after that," the police report reads, per McClatchy. Given Narcan at a hospital, Sanders was later arrested on a charge of stealing money from a bartending job, while Frey was charged with drug possession and operating a vehicle while impaired. Released Monday after pleading not guilty, Sanders said she would go to rehab in the hope of getting custody of her son and has since secured a spot with help from officers, reports the Gazette. As of Tuesday, her son remained in the hospital; According to police, Sanders said he was showing signs of withdrawal but "doing well." (More Ohio stories.)

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