Police arrest mother of baby found in dumpster in Northeast Austin


Police arrest mother of baby found in dumpster

Austin police have identified the mother of a baby found in a dumpster on Oct. 25 as 27-year-old Althea Johnson.

Johnson was arrested on Tuesday morning on a charge of abandoning a child, according to Austin police.

Johnson’s newborn girl was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of Middle Fiskville Road around 7 a.m. as temperatures dropped to 51 degrees in the area.

Medics found the baby in serious, if not critical condition and rushed her to the Dell Children’s Medical Center for treatment. A Child Protective Services spokeswoman said Tuesday the infant was released from the hospital and returned to her family, though additional specifics were not available.

Abandoning a child is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


2 taken into custody after SWAT situation

An Austin police SWAT team took a man and a woman into custody at Lamar Union Apartments after trying to get them to come out for several hours.

Both people were escorted into an ambulance after they came out of the apartment unit. Medics evaluated them at the scene, but they were not taken to a hospital, EMS officials said.

Police said the incident began around 2:20 p.m. when officers went to the apartment to arrest the man on a warrant.

Nearby apartment units were temporarily evacuated, police said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Police ID motorcyclist who died in crash

Austin police have identified a motorcyclist who died after turning a sharp curve and crashing into a metal gate in Del Valle on Sunday, authorities said.

Zachary Ryan Alexander-Ball, 26, died at the scene, in the 1300 block of Thornberry Road, Austin police said. Police responded at 2:19 a.m.

Alexander-Ball was headed north on Thornberry Road when he tried to turn onto Crozier Lane and head east, police said. He struck a metal gate along the north side of Crozier Lane.

This was Austin’s 59th fatality of 2017, police said. At this time in 2016, 60 people had died in traffic incidents.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Austin police Vehicular Homicide Unit detectives at 512-974-4424.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

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