Woman Reports Abandoned Baby, Learns He's Her Grandson

17-year-old gave birth unexpectedly on Tuesday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2016 10:11 AM CDT
Woman Reports Abandoned Baby, Learns He's Her Grandson

Braeley Pettigrew wasn't feeling well and thought she might have a stomach flu. Instead, during a visit to the bathroom early Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby boy in the toilet. Then she started to panic, police say, per the Journal Times. After cutting the umbilical cord and wrapping the infant to keep him warm, the 17-year-old high school student told her mother that the boy had been abandoned on their door step in Racine, Wis., reports WDJT. Her mother quickly called police.

Authorities arrived around 3:15am but soon noticed blood on Braeley's clothes. She and the child were taken to a nearby hospital in good condition and, after receiving a supportive text from her mom, Braeley admitted to lying about the birth for fear her mom would be mad. "I never thought I would be having a baby at 17, but my first instinct was to get him out of the toilet and wrap him up to keep him warm," she says. She plans to keep the boy she's named Kayden and attend college in the fall. (More Wisconsin stories.)

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