JERSEY CITY, NJ – On Wednesday, May 19th, a teenager walked into a local restaurant, handed her newborn baby to a customer, and then left.
The incident, which was captured on surveillance video, happened at El Patron restaurant, which is located on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
According to reports, the 14-year-old mother walked up to the counter and claimed she found the infant girl who was wrapped in a towel. Restaurant owner Frankie Aguilar said the teen handed the baby to a good Samaritan and ran away.
💔 Bless Both of those babies. https://t.co/TxzURQqguG
— TAH (@VioletCityTah) May 21, 2021
Alease Scott and her boyfriend Walter Cocca were eating lunch when the teen asked for help.
Scott, who thankfully is CPR and first aid certified, asked the young girl if she could check the baby’s vital signs.
“I said do you mind if I check the baby’s vitals, she readily handed the baby over to me so my focus went right onto the baby,”
The teen mother walked out leaving Scott with the newborn girl who still had a portion of the umbilical cord attached. Scott and her boyfriend could tell the baby was having trouble breathing, ABC7 reported.
Police were called and quickly responded, carrying oxygen and other medical equipment to assist the newborn.
“Once I applied the oxygen mask to the baby, all of a sudden we heard the most beautiful cry and the baby started moving, she slightly opened up her eyes and then she closed her eyes but the sweetest thing was when she got hungry and she was trying to suckle on the oxygen mask so we knew she was OK after that,”
A 14-year-old new mom, seen on video, was carrying a baby, wrapped in a towel.https://t.co/exUJJlZUR2
— CBS 17 (@WNCN) May 22, 2021
Shortly after, police were able to locate the teen mother, and it is said that both the birth mother and the baby are doing well.
According to reports, the newborn baby will be put up for adoption, and at this point, the 14-year-old is not facing charges.
The family owned business said they were happy the teenage mom decided to go to their restaurant for help.
“And hopefully we as a society become better at just helping one another, especially after COVID,”
It is important to remind everyone that New Jersey has a Safe Haven law which allows parents and guardians to drop off newborns 30 days and younger at hospitals, police stations or fire stations.
Scott said she would love to see the baby again and she and her boyfriend would happily be godparents.
“I’m just so happy I was there to help because she just was desperate and didn’t know what to do, she was so young,”
Recently Law Enforcement Today brought you another story out of Jersey City, where a teacher was suspended after calling George Floyd a ‘criminal’ in a rant during class. Here is more on that story.
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JERSEY CITY, NJ – A high school teacher in New Jersey was suspended after going on a profane tirade and calling George Floyd a “criminal” in a virtual class.
A discussion about climate change on Zoom last week turned into an airing of grievances by Howard Zlotkin, a science teacher at William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City.
“He’s not a hero, he’s like a criminal,” yelled the teacher, Howard Zlotkin, who is white, to a class of about 15 students. In a video, He chastised students for, as he described it, making criminals into heroes “because they’re black or because they got a bad story.”
“He’s not a hero, he’s like a criminal,” yelled the teacher, Howard Zlotkin, who is white, to a class of about 15 students over a Google Meet call. https://t.co/GZ4Cv4P0gz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 1, 2021
During the rant, Zlotkin chastised people for “whining and crying about Black Lives Matter.”
Zlotkin told the students:
“He got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him a f—–g hero.”
George Floyd died while being taken into custody by Minneapolis police officers including Derek Chauvin, who was convicted last month of the black man’s murder.
Dickinson High School teacher Howard Zlotkin completely lost it.
He’s since been temporarily removed from the classroom…but there hasn’t been an update on whether any further action will follow.https://t.co/2Jd5XmhW4F
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) April 30, 2021
At one point, Zlotkin turned his anger directly at his students, shouting at them:
“If you think I’m privileged then f— you, because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I don’t speak to her.”
A Senior student, 17-year-old Timmia Williams, filmed the rant on her cell phone and contacted school officials. The school did not immediately respond, so the student forwarded the video to local news station, NBC New York, which reported on the story.
NJ teacher Howard Zlotkin told his students that George Floyd was a criminal who “got arrested & killed because he wouldn’t comply.” He was rightfully suspended but this wasn't an isolated incident. He's the one who said the quiet part out loud! https://t.co/bfIuwTDtdE
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 4, 2021
An investigation has been opened by the school district, and Zlotkin has been suspended with pay pending the outcome, according to Mussab Ali, president of the Jersey City Board of Education. Zlotkin has also been suspended from his position as an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College.
Zlotkin has been a teacher in the district for 20 years and has tenure.
Ali stressed that Zlotkin’s “comments are not representative of the values of the board of education.”
What would you do if a teacher cursed out your child? New Jersey teacher #HowardZlotkin suspended after calling #GeorgeFloyd a "criminal" in racially charged & profanity-laced rant during class. pic.twitter.com/peU8pZKk2t
— Mustafa Santiago Ali 🇧🇷 🇪🇹 🇵🇷 (@EJinAction) May 4, 2021
Zlotkin told local media on Sunday that his words were taken out of context:
“I am being judged on a snapshot out of a 60-minute class. I tell the students it’s all about facts, and I was teaching those facts. I am a science teacher. My little snapshot that was posted to the world was out of this context.”
Williams said the rant started after students turned in short research papers. When she turned her paper in, Zlotkin asked her about how humans and involved in climate change. The conversation deteriorated when he brought up his disagreement with Black Lives Matter, according to Williams.
— WBMN Groovin' 24/7 (@RadioBlackOn) May 2, 2021
Four black students in the class, including Williams, challenged his position, and he grew angrier and gave the four black students an assignment not given to the other students. He told them to write an essay on “why Black lives should matter,” according to Williams.
Williams, who had been accepted to college on the same day as the rant, said she could not celebrate with her family:
“This is the first time I ever felt somebody telling me that my opinion doesn’t matter because I’m young and because I’m black and stuff. It just threw me off. I just started crying.”
Howard Zlotkin was suspended with pay pending a school district investigation.https://t.co/KzwaNFheqt
— BET News (@BETNews) May 1, 2021
When Williams returned to class Thursday, she and the other black students were allegedly confronted by the teacher again, which was also reportedly caught on cellphone video. When they said they did not complete the essay. He reportedly told Williams she did not complete the essay because she could not support her position:
“Why? You can’t make a case for yourself. No, you can’t, Timmia, that’s why.”
New Jersey teacher Howard Zlotkin suspended after going on profanity-laced rant, calling George Floyd a "criminal" – 👀🇺🇸 https://t.co/eFL8qX3OvZ
— 𝒩𝑒𝓌𝒴𝑜𝓇𝓀𝑒𝓇X 🚹 (@newyorker9_28) May 3, 2021
When Ms. Williams started to defend herself, Mr. Zlotkin cursed at her and later told her to “talk to the hand.”
He chastised another student who refused to do the essay and kicked a third off the remote class meeting after he defended his classmates, she said.
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