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South Carolina teen reportedly gave birth, dumped baby in bathroom trash can

Two women in South Carolina face charges after leaving a newborn baby in a bathroom trash can and leaving him to die. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Authorities say two women in Greenville, South Carolina, were arrested after leaving a newborn baby in a bathroom trash can last week.

Officers were reportedly dispatched to La Parrilla, a Greenville Mexican restaurant, after an employee found the baby, who was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

According to the Greenville Police Department, 18-year-old Estela Ruiz-Gomez, a worker at the restaurant, had complained of stomach pain during her shift before visiting the bathroom. Her mother, 39-year-old Lorenza Gomez Rodriguez, also worked at the restaurant and after checking on her daughter, told management that they needed to leave to take her to the hospital.

An employee who emptied the bathroom trash can shortly after their departure said the baby fell out onto the pavement as she was dragging the trash bag across the parking lot.

According to WHNS-TV, the baby's father was also at the restaurant and brought the baby inside when EMS was called. Officials could not determine an immediate cause of death, but WHNS reported the existence of both dirt and gravel on the baby's body.

Ruiz-Gomez was charged with homicide by child neglect, while Rodriguez faces charges of aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse.

Authorities said Ruiz-Gomez was in the country illegally in 2016 when we she was ordered to leave, and Homeland Security is investigating both suspects' immigration status.

Both suspects are being held at Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

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