AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A woman told authorities Wednesday she found a baby behind a church, but later confessed the baby belonged to her.
Cierra Simms, 22, had the baby in her bathroom around 5 a.m., according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office incident report. She then called the sheriff's office and said she found a baby behind the Masonic Temple on Wrightsboro Road wrapped in towels.
Deputies questioned her and found out the baby did belong to Simms, who told them she already had a child and was not ready for another.
Simms is protected under the Georgia Safe Haven Law, which states the child's mother may leave her baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center or birthing center in Georgia.
Lawyer Vic Hawk of the Vic Hawk Law Group said Simms is also unable to be prosecuted because the child was not injured or killed.
"If she had left the baby behind the temple, made no phone call, didn't make any effort to take care of the health and welfare of the baby, then she would be prosecuted and if the baby had suffered some significant injury or death she would be charged with murder," Hawk said.
Simms' sister told a deputy she would take care of the children until further notice, according to the incident report.