A mentally-ill homeless woman who purposefully dropped her newborn baby in front of a police officer has pleaded guilty in a deal that landed her one year behind bars and five years of probation.
Natasha Latise Lundy, 21, is currently serving a one-year jail sentence for injuring her infant by dropping the baby on the ground rather than handing the child over to police. In July, Lundy pleaded guilty to three felony counts and one misdemeanor in the Orange County’s alternative What Ever It Takes (WIT) Court.
The sentence is appropriate for Lundy, said Deputy District Attorney Terry Cleaveland.
“She doesn’t have a criminal history, and the crime she committed was right in front of a police officer, who she knew was there,” Cleaveland said. “She thought she was dancing with god. The child did not suffer long-term injuries as a result of the incident.”
When she is released, Lundy will have to undergo extensive monitoring to make sure she is receiving treatment and medication for mental illness during her five-year probation, added Cleaveland.
“It’s a very extensive probation,” he added.
In 2011, a Los Alamitos Police officer had responded to a report of a woman erratically swinging her baby.
“When the first officer arrived she saw the mother, Natasha Lundy, 20, Santa Monica, swinging the 9-day old child precariously and she could be heard chanting uncontrollably,” Los Alamitos Cptn. Bruce McAlpine said at the time of her arrest. “The officer attempted to get the mother to hand over the child, but in response she held the baby away from her body and without warning dropped the baby to ground. Fortunately, the child fell onto grass rather than concrete.”