Abandoned Baby Was Fake Story

"Good Samaritan" arrested

Ken Pauli
November 19, 2018 - 4:20 pm

The woman who originally presented herself as a “Good Samaritan” to an allegedly abandoned a newborn has been arrested.

"Good Samaritan" Monique Yolanda Jackson
Image: Greenville PD
Monique Yolanda Jackson, 34, of Pensacola, FL, is being charged with filing a false police report.  Police say Jackson has amended her initial statements about what took place on that Saturday night, November 10th in Greenville, in the area of Augusta and Dunbar Streets.  Investigators have established that her participation in this incident was intentional and was part of prearrangement to assume custody of the newborn girl.  GPD investigators now say the entire story was fabricated.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, November 13, the Greenville Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating the mother of a two-day-old infant. The story garnered an enormous amount of media coverage, including national exposure, which generated a number of tips to GPD detectives.

Accompanied by her attorney, Jackson surrendered to Greenville City Police detectives on Friday afternoon and was formally charged with Filing a False Police Report, a municipal-level offense. 

The actual mother of the child has been identified and is being investigated by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) for her involvement in this incident. Investigators say that the child was born outside of Greenville City limits, so GCSO has assumed the lead role in this case. 

Originally, Jackson told police she was handed the unclothed, newborn baby by another woman earlier this month when the mother told her she could not take care of the child.



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