A mother whose newborn was found unresponsive in San Francisco’s Bayview District early Wednesday morning is being charged with two counts of child cruelty and neglect, prosecutors said today. Nneka Nash, 39, is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon on a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child and a misdemeanor count of failure to provide care to a child, district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said. Police had responded at about 2 a.m. Wednesday to a request for a welfare check at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue from a caller who said a woman was bleeding there.
As two officers arrived, they were flagged down by a man who held a newborn boy who was not responsive. One of the officers, a former paramedic, began performing CPR and the officers decided to take the child to the hospital rather than wait for an ambulance, police said. Additional officers then located Nash, who was also taken to the hospital. Both Nash and the baby are expected to survive, police said. Police and prosecutors this afternoon were not immediately releasing what prompted the charges to be filed.
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