Woman gets probation for putting baby in freezer in stranger's yard

Brittany Smith (Washington County Detention Center via WCYB)
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JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WTHR) - A Tennessee mother has been given probation after pleading guilty to placing her baby in a freezer outside a stranger's home.

Brittany Smith pleaded guilty to child neglect, a reduced charge from aggravated child abuse, WCYB-TV reported.

Homeowner Joshua Blair told WCYB he saw Smith, 19, place the child in the freezer in January and thought the baby was dead. Upon investigation, he found the infant alive in the freezer, which had some water inside of it, but the child didn't move at first.

"It wasn't moving, wasn't nothing. I reached in and pulled it out. It started moving. Instant relief," Blair said.

Smith was later found under the homeowner's house. He credited his mother for spotting the teenager in the yard. Police said if the child had been in the freezer much longer, the 8-month-old boy could have lost oxygen.

Blair and his family took care of the baby, which was placed in the care of its grandmother, until police arrived.

A judge sentenced Smith to two years of probation for the crime. Police believe she was under the influence at the time.

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