Alexandra Eckersley, the 26-year-old adopted daughter of MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, was arrested Monday and charged with one felony reckless conduct, second degree assault/extreme disregard, endangering the welfare of of a child and falsifying the physical condition. she evidences after giving birth to her child in the woods at Christmas and abandoning the child.
The Manchester Police Department in New Hampshire announced Eckersley’s arrest, saying he intentionally misled authorities about the boy’s whereabouts.
“Manchester Police, fire and American Medical Response personnel searched the area where the baby’s mother directed them, however they were unable to locate the child.” the statement is read.
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“After nearly an hour, the mother revealed the baby’s true location and led officers to the area. There, officers located the baby who was attended to by EMTs and transported to a local hospital for treatment.”
Police responded to a call about homeless person Eckersley around 12:40 a.m. Dec. 26 near the West Side Arena area. The boy was reportedly found just off a footpath in a tent and was described by first responders as “moving, not crying and exposed”, according to Manchester’s WMUR-TV.
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The reported temperature at the time was around 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg told CBS News: “If we hadn’t collectively located that child when we did and given him first aid, I’m pretty sure the child probably would have died in that store.” .
According to an affidavit, via Boston Fox affiliate WFXT, Eckersley told EMT that she “had no idea she was pregnant and felt like she had to use the bathroom.”
When asked why she left the baby, she replied: “What do they tell you when a plane goes down? Save yourself first.”
Manchester police believe Eckersley was under the influence of drugs.
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Dennis Eckersley, 68, entered Cooperstown in 2004 after posting a 3.50 ERA during his 24 years of MLB service. His longest time with a team was in Oakland with the A’s, posting a 2.74 ERA as one of the best relievers in baseball with 320 saves in 525 appearances.
He also spent eight years with the Boston Red Sox and has been airing their games with NESN, a concert from which he just announced his retirement earlier this year.
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An inquiry is continuing in Manchester regarding the situation.