Mom accused of abandoning baby appears in court

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor

HOUSTON - The Houston mother accused of abandoning her daughter at a motel made her first court appearance Wednesday morning.

Stephanie Estrada, 23, is charged with abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return.

Estrada is the mother of 5-month-old Lily, who police say was dropped off at a Houston Fire Station Monday afternoon.

Firefighters say another woman brought the baby to the fire station when the child's mother never came back to get her. The woman, who only wanted to be identified as Alysha, said she and another woman were contacted by the Estrada Sunday night, who asked them to take care of her child for the night. The mother never returned.

Estrada was later found intoxicated in a bar parking lot. She told authorities that her car had broken down.

Under the Baby Moses Law, a child younger than 60 days old can be dropped off at a fire station with no legal repercussions. Lilly is 5 months old.

On Wednesday, a judge set Estrada's bond at $2,000.

Children's Protective Services has temporary custody of baby Lily, who is reportedly doing just fine.

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