Woman who claimed stranger handed off newborn charged with filing false report

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Last week, 7 News reported that a woman told Greenville Police that she was driving down Augusta Road around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 10, when a random woman handed her a newborn, said she couldn’t care for the baby and walked away. Now, police say the driver lied about what happened. 

The woman who reported the incident, Monique Yolanda Jackson, 34, of Pensacola, Fla., has been charged with filing a false report. The baby’s mother has been identified and is also under investigation.

Greenville police and Jackson’s attorney said she previously arranged to take custody of the newborn with the baby’s mother.

Last week, 7News spoke about the case with investigator Lt. Rampey with Greenville Police Department. Police were then searching for the baby’s mother. 

“[She] is in good hands,” Lt. Rampey said. “We want to facilitate connecting the family with DSS and ultimately placing the child in the care of somebody that can look after her long term.”

Following media coverage, tips began to trickle in to the police department. Now police are saying the woman who received the baby and took her to the hospital to be checked out didn’t tell the truth.

Police say Jackson turned herself in on Friday.

“We’ve been fully cooperative with law enforcement, and we’ve been truthful to assist them, figuring out what happened,” Jackson’s attorney, Ryan Beasley, said. 

Police said Jackson had been in touch with the baby’s mother and was planning to take custody of the newborn.

“She thought she was taking legal custody of the baby, but that ended up not being exactly what happened…but to no fault of my client’s,” Beasley said. “But there’s some other things that transpired that jeopardized that.”

Beasley and spokespeople with the Greenville Police Department and Greenville County Sheriff’s Office declined to provide further details, citing an ongoing investigation. 

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