Attempted murder charge filed after baby found in trash

Briana Holland was accused of giving birth and leaving the baby in August 2014. (Mug shot provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Charges were filed this week against a woman accused of giving birth and leaving the baby in a trash can at an Indianapolis business.

Briana Holland appeared in a Marion County courtroom Wednesday morning where she was charged with attempted murder, four counts of neglect, and battery.

Holland was arrested after the newborn baby boy was found in a trash can inside of United Technology Carrier Corporation last Friday night.

The baby was found just before 8 p.m. Friday night inside a United Technology Carrier Corporation bathroom. A woman in the bathroom heard the baby and called a maintenance worker. According to court documents, the maintenance worker told detectives the baby had toilet paper wrapped tightly around its neck about 15 times. There was also a tampon applicator and tissue in the baby’s mouth.

With the help of workers at the factory, Holland was quickly brought in for questioning. The dialogue is detailed in court documents.

“All I was worried about was getting it in the trash can and covering it up before anybody…” Holland said to a detective, according to court documents.

The detective then asks, “What did you think would happen to the baby?”

Holland responds, “I know what the results would probably be. It would probably die.”

But the baby did not die. He was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in good condition. Over the weekend, the boy was in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

Prosecutor’s say Holland’s charges reflect the evidence and witness accounts.

They say this case should serve as a spring board for conversations to happen at home.

“It’s an important time to remind your children that, ‘I love you and no matter what happens, I will stand by you,’ but a trash can is not an appropriate place for a child in the event that you choose that motherhood or fatherhood is not for you,” Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Kristina Korobov said.

Holland is expected back in court Sept. 3 for a pre-trial conference.

The baby’s father, identified as Elliot Oce by court documents, has come forward and had a custody hearing on Tuesday. However, he is currently in the Marion County Jail. He also has an outstanding warrant out of Hamilton County for forgery and fraud.

Police remind residents that they can use the Indiana Safe Haven law, giving a person the option to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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