Altheimer woman arrested after allegedly putting infant in trash container Sunday


A 22-year-old Altheimer woman faces felony charges after she allegedly put her infant son in a trash container.

Brittany Cole allegedly told a family member that “she was tired of taking care of the child by herself,” sheriff’s investigator Randy Jackson said in a probable cause affidavit that was presented in court Monday.

The incident occurred late Saturday night in the 200 block of West Dixie St., and Cole was booked into the jail Sunday morning after being questioned.

Mayor Lafayette Woods Jr., said in a press release that deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call at 9:55 p.m., and according to the caller, the 9-month-old infant had been thrown into the trash container shortly after he had been returned to the house by his father.

Woods said they when deputies arrived at the house, they found out that the infant had been taken out of the trash container by Cole’s mother, After the child was examined by emergency medical personnel, he was turned over to the state Department of Human Services along with Cole’s other two children.

According to the press release, Cole’s mother said her daughter, who was visibly upset, grabbed the infant and went out of the house after a disagreement about taking care of the child.

Woods said Cole’s mother went outside a short time later and saw Cole running from the back of the house without the child. When asked about the child, Cole allegedly pointed to the garbage container at the rear of the house.

Cole fled from the house after the incident but returned a short time later and was arrested, then transported to the adult detention center, Woods said.

Attempts to contact the grandmother, who recovered the infant from the trash container, and another relative who allegedly made the 9-1-1 call were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.

At a probable cause hearing Monday morning, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Cole with endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony.

At the request of Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter, bond for Cole was set at $75,000.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Cole.