Trial for mom accused of leaving baby in dumpster begins this week

MUG Althea Jhonson

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Jury selection starts Monday for a mother who is accused of leaving her newborn baby in a dumpster in October of 2017.

Althea Johnson, 27, was arrested two weeks after her baby girl was found alive in a dumpster at the Mira Vista Apartments at 9601 Middle Fiskville Rd., near Rundberg Lane, on Oct. 25.

She was charged with abandoning a child after investigators found a trail of blood (due to the baby having just been born) from the dumpster leading to one of the apartments. Police say Johnson admitted to putting her daughter in the dumpster after initially leaving her in the bushes.

In February of 2018, Johnson had her bond cut in half from $60,000 to $30,000, but she has since remained in jail.

The trial is expected to start as early as Tuesday. If convicted of the charges, Johnson faces up to 20 years in prison.

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