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Police: Woman gave birth prematurely, covered baby with pot

20-year-old in Homestead charged with child abuse, neglect

Booking photo of Martha Godinez-Diaz
Booking photo of Martha Godinez-Diaz

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Police in Homestead said a woman gave birth to a premature baby and left her near a backyard shed covered by an empty plant bucket.

News outlets report 20-year-old Martha Godinez-Diaz was arrested Monday on felony child abuse and neglect charges. The baby survived.

An arrest affidavit says the child's grandfather found the baby. Godinez-Diaz's boyfriend told police she called him, complaining of stomach pains. When he and other relatives arrived home, she said she was fine. But they noticed a change in the size of her abdomen.

WPLG in Miami said that the baby was found with a 10-gallon plant pot covering her head and a blue shirt covering her torso.

"The bucket appeared to be a deliberate attempt at concealing the child, possibly in an attempt to muffle (the baby's) cries," the affidavit said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said the placenta was still attached to the baby.

Officials said the baby has a "genetic malformation of the brain." She remains in the hospital.

Godinez-Diaz is being held without bond. An attorney isn't listed on jail records.