Florida Woman Lies About Baby Tossed from Car

Florida Woman Lies About Baby Tossed from Car (ABC News – Reuters)

A woman who told police she saw a newborn boy tossed out of a car onto a street in North Lauderdale, Florida, is the child’s mother and made up the bizarre story, police said on Friday. The woman, Patricia Pokriots, 38, has been committed for psychiatric evaluation and has not been charged with a crime, police said. The baby, nicknamed Johny, is in stable and improving condition.

Pokriots took the newborn, with umbilical cord still attached, to a police station on Thursday and told investigators she had seen the child thrown from a car onto a grassy area in North Lauderdale, just northwest of Fort Lauderdale. “The situation has become both happy and sad but it’s not as horrible as we first thought,” Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said at a news conference on Friday. “The baby was never thrown out of a moving car. “This is a case of a disturbed woman who gave birth but did not want to keep her child and made up an incredible story.”

Amazing.

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