GOSHEN - A Newburgh woman was indicted Wednesday on charges including attempted murder after, officials say, she abandoned her newborn son in a toilet at a Town of Newburgh motel.

Incredibly, by virtue of timing and a quick response by police, the baby survived, officials said.

Teresa Rose Smith, 23, now faces felony charges of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child.

Newburgh town police Chief Bruce Campbell said Smith left the room she had rented at the Budget Inn on Route 9W just after noon Nov. 1. It was past checkout time, and motel staff were waiting to clean the motel room Smith had rented, Campbell said. The workers went in and saw “a large amount of blood in the room,” Campbell said, and they called police.

Campbell said when Sgt. Ted Brucato and officers Julia Haight and Conner Stenglein arrived, they saw blood in the bathroom and around the toilet. They checked inside the bowl, and found the newborn infant in the water.

The baby was cold to the touch and unresponsive, Campbell said, but the officers began trying to revive him. To their amazement, he began to kick and move.

They wrapped him in bed sheets to try to warm him until emergency medical technicians from the Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services arrived. The EMTs took the baby to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in the City of Newburgh.

“The good news is, the child is doing well,” Campbell said. He said he believes Smith signed over custody of the baby, who was placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Campbell said City of Newburgh police officers tracked down Smith a couple of hours later and took her to St. Luke’s.

“She was also in need of medical attention,” Campbell said. Police booked her the next day on a felony reckless endangerment charge.

“Ultimately, we learned she intentionally left the child in the toilet,” Campbell said.

“I haven’t seen a case like this in 20 years,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. “The only way I can describe this case is ‘horrific.’ ”

Smith has been held at Orange County Jail since her arrest, on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond.

Hoovler said the charges in the case are based on the assessment that she abandoned a newborn in a motel room toilet, exposing the baby to the risk of drowning, hypothermia, starvation or numerous other threats that could have led to his death.

Hoovler said the initial felony charge was filed to allow police and prosecutors more time to gather relevant evidence to build the case.

The assault charges were filed under a legal theory that Smith’s actions caused serious physical injury to the baby during or while fleeing a felony.

Smith will be arraigned Thursday in Orange County Court.

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