A Hunter's Point woman is facing charges after reportedly giving birth to a baby boy in the pouring rain on a Bayview sidewalk, then handing the baby off to a man on the street.
At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, 39-year-old Nneka Nash is reported to have delivered the under 5-pound boy outdoors and without medical assistance. She sought help at Providence Church Shelter at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue, but left with the baby after shelter employees told her they were calling 911. A man who knew Nash stopped after he caught sight of her with the baby while driving down Third Street. She reportedly handed the newborn off the him and left.
Two SFPD officers who responded to the shelter's 911 call are credited with saving the baby's life. After determining that the child could not wait for an ambulance, the officer who had paramedic training administered CPR while the other drove their patrol car to SF General. The baby, who had cocaine in his system when he arrived at the hospital, is recovering and expected to survive.
Nash is facing charges of felony count of willful cruelty to a child and a misdemeanor count of failure to provide care to a child.