East Liberty mom, 19, accused of endangering baby
Pittsburgh police arrested an East Liberty woman accused of leaving her 3-month-old baby on the front porch of her home in sub-freezing temperatures.
Shonice Hazzard, 19, was taken into custody early Wednesday at her home on North Beatty Street and taken to the Allegheny County Jail, police said. Hazzard is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.
Police said she left the boy on the porch Monday night after arguing with someone.
Jonetta McCowan told police she went to the home to pick up a family member, went inside and heard Hazzard say she didn't want the boy and wanted to kill him, the complaint said.
McCowan said Hazzard left with the boy, only to return and leave him alone outside wearing only a "filthy, leaking" diaper. Hazzard then disappeared, the complaint said. Medics took the boy to Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville, where hospital workers found him suffering from severe diaper rash but with no other injuries, police said.
Hazzard's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.