NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Authorities said Friday that the story of a newborn boy who survived being thrown out of a moving car was made up by a depressed woman.
The 8-pound, 2-ounce boy, who was believed to be less than an hour old and whose umbilical cord was still attached when he came into the custody of authorities on Thursday, was in good condition at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the boy was “absolutely perfect.” Nurses at the hospital have nicknamed him Johnny after the doctor who first treated him Thursday, he said.
Jenne said the baby was taken to a local sheriff’s office Thursday by a woman who said she saw it being tossed from a moving car, wrapped in plastic. She claimed that a man and a woman were arguing in the car at the time, he said.
In fact, Jenne said, the Good Samaritan, the woman in the car and the baby’s mother were one and the same, identified as Patricia Pokriots, 38, a barmaid for a non-profit fraternal organization.
Pokriots was undergoing a mental competency hearing, Jenne said, adding that there was no indication that drugs were involved.