Police in New Hampshire arrested the daughter of a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer after she gave birth to a baby in a tent in the woods then allegedly abandoned the newborn in freezing temperatures.
Alexandra Eckersley, the adopted daughter of former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley was charged with multiple counts including felony reckless conduct after she is alleged to have lied to first responders about the location of the baby who was born prematurely, leading them on a wild goose chase in the frigid 18-degree temperatures.
The 26-year-old Eckersley who is homeless and reportedly suffers from mental illness “intentionally” misled Manchester Police and Fire and American Medical Response personnel after they responded to a call on December 26, around 12:40 am to the wooded area near West Side Arena in Manchester.
According to a statement posted to Facebook by Manchester Police, the first responders “searched the area where the mother of the baby directed them, however they were unable to locate the child.”
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“After nearly an hour, the mother revealed the true location of the baby and led officers to the area. There, officers located the baby who was treated by EMT’s and transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the statement reads.
“The mother, Alexandra Eckersley, 26, was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Concord District Court for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was subsequently charged with Felony – Reckless Conduct in connection with this recent incident,” Manchester Police said.
According to a report from Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, “The newborn was treated by emergency medical technicians before being transported to Catholic Medical Center for further treatment. At 3:30 p.m., Manchester police Chief Allen Aldenberg said the baby boy is alive and improving, and that he is currently being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.”
“There’s no excuse for this,” said Aldenberg. “If you choose to live in the woods and choose to live your life a particular way, and you don’t want to accept our outreach that goes every day in this city — and you want to live out there and do that with your life — fine. But you don’t get to do this, what we’re alleging here. You don’t get to do this to a child.”
In a 2019 Concord Monitor story on Allie Eckersley, the young woman acknowledged that she needed to get her mental issues, including bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety under control if she was to realize her dream of being a leader.
“I want to begin a homeless mental health awareness event,” she said. “Have it be like the telethon, or a carnival where you pay to get in, or a movie night and the money goes to a housing shelter.”
Dennis Eckersley was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility after a stellar 23-year career during which he played for six teams, racking up over 2,400 strikeouts, 390 saves, six MLB All-Star Game appearances, a World Series title and a Cy Young award as well as other honors.
The 68-year-old “Eck” went on to have a successful post-playing career as a baseball analyst, retiring from the booth at NESN where he called Red Sox games for two decades earlier this year.
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