Mother tries to conceal newborn's birth

An Augusta woman tried to conceal the birth of her newborn by telling police that she found a baby at the Masonic Temple on Wrightsboro Road.


Cierra Y’Kesia Simms, 22, initially told Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies about 7 a.m. Wednesday that she had discovered the baby on the ground behind the building on 3201 Wrightsboro Road, wrapped in towels. She told police her name was Tiffany Brown and then left, headed toward Lenox Place apartments.

Police learned Simms true identity after they began questioning her about the child. She then admitted she had given birth to the baby about 5 a.m. in her apartment bathroom.

Simms told police she already had a 3-year-old and was unable to care for the newborn. Because no one knew she was pregnant, she decided to call police and say she found the baby.

The child and mother were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center. A Department of Family and Children Services representative was sent to the hospital to follow up on the condition of Simms and her child.

Charges are not being filed against the woman. According to Georgia’s Safe Haven Law, a mother can 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 the state.