New Hampshire mom, 23, is given custody of one-year-old son despite abandoning him in woods as a newborn and trying to stop cops from rescuing him

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Alexandra Eckersley has been reunited with her son despite allegedly giving birth to him and then abandoning him in a wooded area  
  • Eckersley is facing charges including child endangerment after she gave birth to her now-one-year-old son in December 2022 
  • The baby boy was left alone in a tent for more than an hour on December 26 as the temperature plummeted, according to authorities 

A New Hampshire mom has been given custody of her baby boy despite allegedly abandoning him in the woods after giving birth. 

Alexandra Eckersley, the adopted daughter of Major League Baseball’s Dennis Eckersley, appeared in court in Manchester on Friday for a hearing ahead of a criminal trial. 

Eckersley is facing charges including child endangerment after she gave birth to her now-one-year-old son in a wooded area in December 2022. 

Prosecutors claim she abandoned the child and misled police into finding the newborn after giving birth in a freezing tent. 

In court on Friday, Eckersley was seen reunited with her son, and the pair have been fully reunified after months of limited visitation, according to WMUR. 

In court on Friday, Eckersley was seen reunited with her son and the pair have been fully reunified after months of limited visitation

Eckersley is facing charges including child endangerment after she gave birth to her now-one-year-old son in a wooded area in December 2022

Eckersley is facing charges including child endangerment after she gave birth to her now-one-year-old son in a wooded area in December 2022

Her attorney Kim Kossick told the outlet: ‘She had a baby she didn’t know she was having. 

‘I think people should understand that there’s some room for compassion for people that have a medical emergency. 

‘That’s really what this was. We’ve maintained that from the very beginning.’ 

Kossick said that Eckersley had stayed sober since the day she gave birth, with the two now living with her family in Massachusetts. 

She added: ‘She’s done all the things that she is supposed to do. She has gone to treatment. She has done everything that was asked of her. 

‘That’s why she is reunified with her child. She has been to rehab. She has done all the counseling.’

The hearing had reportedly been to focus on the use of expert witnesses in her upcoming trial, but it was postponed until next week. With a trial set for July. 

Eckersley allegedly misled police for 73 minutes, telling them the baby was born near the West Side Ice Arena around midnight, before they finally arrived at the tent she shared with George Theberge near the Piscataquag River at Electric Street. 

Eckersley was found wearing bloodstained clothes and was under the influence of drugs, according to reports

Eckersley was found wearing bloodstained clothes and was under the influence of drugs, according to reports 

Police were misdirected by Alexandra at first and after an hour, found the baby struggling to breathe and unclothed in 18-degree weather

Police were misdirected by Alexandra at first and after an hour, found the baby struggling to breathe and unclothed in 18-degree weather

Eckersley claimed she didn't know she was pregnant and gave birth in the tent with Theberge present

Eckersley claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant and gave birth in the tent with Theberge present 

When asked why she didn’t bring her baby to the bridge to meet with police after making the 911 call, she replied: ‘What do they tell you when a plane goes down? Save yourself first.’ 

Officers found her baby lying on the ground next to the bed behind a blanket after they ‘noticed a trail of blood that appeared to run down the side of the bed,’ the police report, viewed by the Boston Globe, said.

Eckersley was found wearing bloodstained clothes and was under the influence of drugs, the outlet reported. 

Eckersley claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant and gave birth in the tent with Theberge present. 

She also told police the baby ‘cried immediately after birth, however, it was for less than a minute,’ the police report said. ‘Once she gave birth, she did not know what to do,’ police said.

Last August, Theberge was sentenced to a minimum of a year in prison for endangering the life of the infant. 

Theberge pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor child endangerment charge, having reached a deal with prosecutors.

He received an additional six months behind bars for a probation violation stemming from his arrest in January and a drug charge. 

Eckersley’s father, Dennis Eckersley, nicknamed ‘Eck,’ was an American professional baseball pitcher and former commentator.

George Theberge, 45, was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty

Last August, Theberge was sentenced to a minimum of a year in prison for endangering the life of the infant 

Dennis Eckersley, nicknamed 'Eck,' was an American professional baseball pitcher and former commentator who adopted Alexandra with his ex-partner Nancy O'Neil

Dennis Eckersley, nicknamed ‘Eck,’ was an American professional baseball pitcher and former commentator who adopted Alexandra with his ex-partner Nancy O’Neil

Between 1975 and 1998 he pitched in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals

Between 1975 and 1998 he pitched in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals

Between 1975 and 1998 he pitched in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

The 68-year-old gained prominence after becoming the first of two pitchers in major league history to have both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in a career.

He played 24 seasons and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

The Eckersley family released a statement at the time of her arrest saying they had no prior knowledge of Alexandra’s pregnancy. They said she has suffered from ‘severe mental illness her entire life’ and did their very best to get her help and support. 

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