Homicide

Newborn baby found in Utah trash remains in critical condition; Mother, 23, arrested

A unidentified woman is escorted from a home by a police officer after a baby was found in a garbage can in Kearns, Utah on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Police say the newborn is in extremely critical condition he was left in a trash can near his mother's home. Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson says a woman who lived nearby heard what she thought was a kitten meowing in the trash bin on Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A unidentified woman is escorted from a home by a police officer after a baby was found in a garbage can in Kearns, Utah on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Police say the newborn is in extremely critical condition he was left in a trash can near his mother's home. Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson says a woman who lived nearby heard what she thought was a kitten meowing in the trash bin on Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)  (The Associated Press)

A newborn baby girl is expected to be in critical condition for several days after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbor's trash can in a Salt Lake City suburb.

Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson said Wednesday the two-day-old girl was still on a ventilator and fighting for her life in a hospital.

The girl's mother, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police say Englert told investigators she hid the pregnancy from her parents and put the baby in the trash hoping the infant would die and the mother's problems would be solved.

Investigators say the infant received no medical care or food.

They believe the baby was in the trash bin for an hour before she was discovered by a neighbor Tuesday.