DEBARY, Fla. — Authorities said no criminal charges were filed against a mother whose boyfriend lied to investigators about finding her newborn outside a food mart in DeBary.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Ralph Garlick Jr. claimed he found a newborn outside the convenience store early Monday morning. Authorities said Garlick, 53, claimed he found the baby girl unclothed and wrapped in newspaper outside the food mart’s door on South Charles R. Bell Boulevard.
He eventually told investigators that the baby belonged to his girlfriend and that he left it there.
Authorities said Garlick initially identified himself to deputies as Charles Garlick, using the name of his dead brother, but after questioning, Garlick admitted he lied to deputies about his name and the circumstances of Monday’s incident.
Deputies said Garlick's girlfriend gave birth to the baby early Monday morning at an apartment complex in Orange City.
Garlick said he was trying to bring the baby to a safe location because his girlfriend didn’t want to keep her.
Authorities said the baby still had the umbilical cord still attached, which appeared to have been tied with a shoe string.
Garlick was arrested on charges of knowingly giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation and resisting an officer without violence.