18-Year-Old Arrested In Baby Left In Trash Compactor

April 28, 2016

Everett, Police Blotter

Editor’s Update Friday April 29th 4:00 PM: Today an Everett District Court judge released 18-year-old Samantha Carol Houston who was being held in the Snohomish County jail on probable cause for ABANDON OF DEPENDENT PERSONS 2 which is a felony. The judge ordered Houston to not have any contact with anyone under the age of 10 years old or the baby she allegedly abandoned. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s office will now decide on the filing of formal charges. According to probable cause papers Houston gave birth to the baby in the shower at an apartment on March 25th and told police she panicked and wrapped the baby in a towel and put the newborn in the compactor. She was interviewed and arrested Thursday at Cascade High School.

baby left in trash compactor

Officers outside the dumpster on March 25th

Just received the following information from Everett Police regarding an arrest in the case of a baby left in a trash compactor at the Mirabella Apartments….

Since March 25th, detectives have searched for the parents of the newborn boy left in a dumpster. They pursed leads provided by the community and sought information about an unidentified woman who was at the dumpster before 8:20 p.m. on the night of the incident.

On April 26th, detectives received an anonymous tip indicating a local high-school girl was potentially the mother. The girl had been pregnant while attending school but dropped out for about a month. Upon returning, she was no longer pregnant and refused to talk with friends about what happened.

Detectives confirmed the tip and interviewed an 18 year-old female named SH, of Everett, this afternoon. She admitted to giving birth on March 25th and panicked. She wrapped the newborn in a towel and walked with him outside. She stated she didn’t know what to do and placed the newborn in the dumpster. SH was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of abandonment of a dependent person (RCW 9A.42.070).

The newborn was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and has since been placed in the custody of the State Department of Social and Health Services. He is said to be healthy.

Detectives will continue to investigate the case.


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30 Responses to “18-Year-Old Arrested In Baby Left In Trash Compactor”

  1. Judy Says:

    What are the chances the father of the baby will have HIS name published so that he also can be “properly” [sarcasm] castigated?!

    • Jaclyn Says:

      You make a good point Judy! I’m an Everett resident, mother to an 18 y/o son. Last I checked, it takes 2 to make this tragedy a reality. I also agree with Robert about lack of education being the “cause” of something so truly senseless. I agree that we need to continue supporting Planned Parenthood. I don’t think anyone can know the emotional state of a girl- young woman by law- that would do this. Had she been supported properly by responsible adults this seems completely unnecessary. Hopefully this story serves as a warning to us all to be more compassionate. I don’t see how locking her up helps our city. She’s has to live with her decisions & I’m sure her reality is far more torture than jail. I think it’s more than fair to ask, where is the dad? Lack of responsibility is a sickening epidemic in our culture. If this were my son’s girlfriend, this would NOT have happened. We need to quit hating & start embracing one another. Clearly Samantha wasn’t loved & supported properly. No healthy person acts that way.

  2. Robert Says:

    This is the very reason we need to encourage the use of planned parenthood. If you are going to be sexually active and you are not quite ready for motherhood, then you should have access to affordable/free birth control. I can see how the stigmata of being a pregnant high schooler can drive a girl into making such a decision. Maybe if she didn’t live in Everett and had a better education then what the Everett SD has been providing she would have been aware of all her options. Unfortunately, if you don’t keep up with local news or are aware of Washington State Laws regarding these matters, you wouldn’t know you could anonymously leave the infant with the fire department or the hospital.

  3. Bourne Says:

    She should be charged with attempted murder. She’ll be put into a feel good program and be let go to attempt to kill again. Like someone else here has stated a few times– welcome to WA state where life is cheap.

    • hello Says:

      She is probably already pushed to first in line of the welfare handouts. Gotta love Washington. Next she will be getting child support >_<

  4. Reader Says:

    SAMANTHA HOUSTON. That is the 18 y/o’s name. She panicked.. HUH!! Throw her in there and pull the lever or push the button..

  5. Jesus Says:

    The Everett Herald reported the babies mommy was booked on only $5000.00 bail. What a joke any 40 year old tweak can bail this victim out. Everett
    is a kNOw accountability city.

  6. anon Says:

    Does SH stand for Sh!t Head?

  7. Jesus Says:

    Also the girl is 18 an ADULT so treat her like one. A full name and not some BS initials would be a good start 10-4.

  8. Jesus Says:

    Hey Washington, give that mother her child back and set her up a gofundme account NOW! She’s probably gotZ one in the oven as we speak.

    #EVERETTDUMPSTERBABYBABIES

  9. Candee Says:

    You guys are all immature. The good thing is the suspect was found and the baby is safe.

    • anon Says:

      Yeah. Because we’re all throwing babies in garbage cans. That’s what mature people do.

  10. Eleanore Says:

    A woman crawled in the dumpster and pulled a microwave oven off of the baby

    • Luke Says:

      Lol! Eleanore, tell Edna to get her facts straight!

      • Alison Says:

        Eleanore is actually right about the couple who found him…I know who they are. The woman went to throw her garbage in the compactor and heard what she thought was crying….she called police but her tuition led her to go in instead of waiting for their arrival…she went in and cleared stuff away and found the baby herself, nit the police. She was awesome!!!!

  11. paul Says:

    I think what she means is that it was the girls “intent” to kill the baby.

    • Eleanore Says:

      Thank You that is what I meant I was also thinking about another story my bad still the baby was on its way to death if that other lady hadn’t found her

      • Edna Says:

        Eleanore, what the heck?

        It was a man and his girlfriend that heard the crying and the police found the baby.

        You can’t get any of your facts straight.

      • Jesus Says:

        The couple that found him should at least get a public service award from the Mayor personally. Just kidding, this city would rather this story be swept under the rug ASAP.

      • Dave Says:

        Edna I hate to break it to you But the Police did NOT find the baby. The Police actually tried to tell the couple it was only a doll and Not to worry. The Female said No Way and jumped back into the dumpster for a second try. This Time she she Found the baby alive and I’m sure the Cop felt like an idiot.

      • Jesus Says:

        Dave wrote “The Police actually tried to tell the couple it was only a doll and Not to worry”. More information on this please.

    • Melissa Says:

      It was not the girls intent to kill the baby this young girl was in an apartment alone having a baby that nobody Knew she hide the pregnancy with big clothes this young girl was desperate. This is the sadest story the girl was our neighbor growing up with my daughter please forgive if you want to be forgiven nor judge not or Ye shall be judge
      My heart is so broken for her please keep praying that she gets help she need since she couldn’t find help at home what fear can drive s person to do

      • Jesus Says:

        Thanks for being an enabler this town was running low, JK. This is a sad story but it isn’t the first or last. People nowadays feel guilty for not feeling guilty and its pathetic. Be a good enabling neighbor and get her gofundidiots account started.

  12. Eleanore Says:

    she killed her baby when she could have just gave it away at a hospital or fire station she wasn’t scared enough to kill her baby

    • Victoria Says:

      Eleanore…where in the article does it say she killed her baby. Please quote the sentence. If you actually READ the article you would see that it says The newborn was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and has since been placed in the custody of the State Department of Social and Health Services. He is said to be healthy.”

    • Laura Says:

      The baby didn’t die it was found alive and taken to the hospital and placed in protective care

    • cory Says:

      She didn’t kill him. Learn to read. Jeez.