In Jersey City, a restaurant opened for business as usual. But the day was far from the norm as cops arrived at the restaurant by the afternoon hours and crowded around a small newborn baby with a portion of the umbilical cord still attached.
The El Patron restaurant’s owner, Frankie Aguilar, said things were pretty normal that day until a 14-year-old girl came into the establishment with a newborn baby in her arms. Frankie immediately felt something was off because she looked stunned and desperate for help.
“This lady comes in looking very desperate, holding a brand newborn child, you can even tell. She comes in, she looks at me in the eye, I look at her and she has these eyes of terror and despair,” Frankie said, as quoted by NBC New York.
The teenager claimed she found the newborn baby abandoned somewhere.
At the same time, a customer named Alease Scott and her boyfriend, Walter Cocca, were having lunch at the restaurant. Alease spotted the teenager carrying the baby in her arms and offered help.
“I looked down and saw that there was dried blood on her leg, and I immediately said ‘Oh my God, this is the baby’s mom,'” Alease said. “But I was more focused on making sure the baby was breathing, so as soon as I looked down at the baby she was gone.”
While it certainly was no ordinary day at the restaurant, Frankie said he was glad the teenage mother walked into his joint and ultimately received the help she and her baby needed.
“Hopefully we as a society become better at just helping one another,” Frankie said.
Also glad to play a role in the baby’s well-being was Alease, who laughed and said, as reported by NBC New York, “I would love to see her again. I would totally be her godmother. Totally be her godmother, putting that out there.”