Protective Order for Slaton Residence After Baby Found in Austin Dumpster

AUSTIN, TX - An emergency order was issued Tuesday evening to protect a residence in Slaton.  

The case started in North Austin in late October when a newborn baby was found in a dumpster with the umbilical cord still attached.  Austin police found and identified the mother who, according to court records, was arrested Tuesday for abandoning a child.

The baby girl was hospitalized at first in fair condition, and then placed into the care of Children’s Protective Services.

KXAN reported that the baby girl’s two siblings were also placed with CPS. 

The emergency protection order names one child, not three. will not publish the name of the child or the specific address in Slaton. 

Slaton Police were not yet officially provided with a copy of the order by the Travis County District Clerk’s office. Slaton Police chose not to comment at this time. 

Althea Johnson, 27, was listed Wednesday in the Travis County Jail online records in lieu of a $60,000 bond. 

If she gets out of jail on bond, Johnson is under orders not to go within 200 yards of a specific house in Slaton.  

Texas has a Safe Haven law.  It allows parents who find they cannot care for newborn children to drop them off at any hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station. 

( contributed to this report.)

Related Link: Police find mother of newborn left in north Austin dumpster 


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