Kyandrea Thomas

Kyandrea Thomas

A baby girl who was born and abandoned in the restroom of a New Roads Walmart on Friday continues to improve at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, according to New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald.

"Her condition has gotten a little bit better," McDonald said Tuesday, adding that she has been taken off of a breathing machine. McDonald said a detective visited the hospital Monday night.

The baby is being called Olivia after firefighters and hospital workers came up with the name when the infant arrived at Pointe Coupee General Hospital Friday night. She was taken there after someone discovered her in a restroom trash can sometime after 8 p.m., when the baby was only about six hours old.

Kyandrea Thomas, 34, is accused of delivering the baby and then leaving her behind in the restroom. Authorities located Thomas, of Baker, at a Zachary hospital and took her to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Thomas was transferred Tuesday to Pointe Coupee Parish jail and booked on one count of attempted second-degree murder. According to a report from WBRZ, Thomas told investigators she didn't know she was pregnant.

In 2011, Thomas was sentenced to 10,000 hours of community service and five years probation after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in the 2009 death of a 3-year-old girl left inside a hot day care center van. Thomas was an aide at Wanda's Kids World on Brady Street, which is no longer in operation.

The baby, who is currently in state custody, will next face a continued custody hearing to determine if Baby Olivia will stay in state custody, be given to parents or another suitable individual, said Catherine Heitman, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

The hearing will happen soon, as Louisiana law dictates that after an incident there should be a hearing within three days, or as close as possible to that, said Linda Carter, area director for child welfare in the Baton Rouge region.

"Our goal is to find a safe home for the child, whether that be a foster parent or a relative," Carter said, commenting generally on custody cases and not specifically on Baby Olivia's case. "Our first goal is to work with parents for reunification."

Baby Olivia was not left in a way that allows the Safe Haven law to apply.

Infants can be relinquished anonymously to designated Safe Haven facilities like police and fire stations and hospitals and are taken to the nearest medical facility for evaluation. DCFS will then locate a family to care for the baby in the meantime as caseworkers search for a permanent adoptive family, according to the department's website.

According to Department of Child and Family Services statistics, 45 infants have been safely relinquished to the state through the Safe Haven law since 2004. Any parent who gives up a child in this way would not face criminal charges as long as the baby doesn't show signs of abuse or neglect.

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