Glen Burnie Teen, Mother of Abandoned Newborn Arrested by Anne Arundel County Police
Anne Arundel County Police has arrested a Glen Burnie teen after recently leaving her newborn baby abandoned in a wooded area.
On July 14, 2021 at approximately 6:15 a.m. officers responded for report of an abandoned newborn female infant found in a wooded area in the 600 block of Greenway Road in Glen Burnie. Several officers along with Anne Arundel County Fire Department Medic Unit responded. The newborn infant was transported to an area hospital for care.
On July 14, 2021, as detectives were investigating this incident, the mother of the child was identified.
On Friday, July 30, 2021, the commissioner issued the following charges for Olivia Thompson, 19, in regards to the abandonment of her baby:
Attempted First and Second Degree Murder, First and Second Degree Assault, First and Second Degree Child Abuse, Neglect of a Minor, Reckless Endangerment and Desertion of a Minor Child.
On Friday, July 30, 2021 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Thompson was taken into custody without incident in the 600 block of Wardour Road.
This was a tragic incident which could have safely been avoided. The newborn baby in
this case is still doing well and is healthy. The Anne Arundel County Police wants to
stress to all that in Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations.A parent or another adult with the approval of the mother has up to 10 days from the birth
to invoke Safe Haven anonymously and safely leave a baby with a responsible adult at a designated location. A person who invokes Safe Haven is immune from civil liability or criminal prosecution provided the child is unharmed.
If you have questions about Maryland’s Safe Haven law, please call the Department of Human Resources at 800-332-6347 or your local department of social services.