David Chang

Mom Abandons Baby in Hotel Room Full of Drugs: Police

Police say the woman left her 7-month-old baby inside a hotel room full of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

A Philadelphia mother accused of leaving her baby alone in a Bucks County hotel room full of drugs is now in custody, according to police.

Erica Avila-Lopez, 34, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and narcotics offenses.

Staff at the Knights Inn Hotel in Bensalem say they found a 7-month-old baby alone on the floor inside a hotel room Sunday after the occupants failed to checkout at 11 a.m. Police say there were narcotics and drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the room.

The child was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital but did not appear to have suffered any injuries. The baby was turned over to the custody of Philadelphia DHS.

Investigators determined the room was rented by the baby’s mother, identified by police as Lopez. Lopez allegedly left her baby alone in the room on Saturday around 4 p.m. and never returned. She was later found Monday and is currently in police custody at a medical facility.

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