The homeless adopted daughter of Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Dennis Eckersley allegedly gave birth to her baby in a freezing tent, before leading police to the wrong spot to find the infant struggling to breathe.
Police responded to a woman who gave birth to a baby in a tent in the woods near the West Side Arena in Manchester just before 1am, authorities said in a statement to Facebook.
The woman, identified as Alexandra Eckersley, 26, is said to have initially directed authorities to an area of the woods where they searched but could not locate the child.
About an hour later, police allegedly found the baby uncovered and ‘struggling to breathe’ on the floor of a tent near the Piscataquag River at Electric Street the New York Post reported.
Alexandra Eckersley, the homeless adopted daughter of Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Dennis Eckersley, allegedly gave birth to her baby in a freezing tent
‘Officers located the baby who was treated by EMT’s and transported to a local hospital for treatment,’ the statement read.
Alexandra was arrested on a separate warrant out of Concord, N.H., District Court on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
She was subsequently charged with a felony for reckless conduct, police said.
Alexandra was arraigned on Tuesday in Hillsboro Superior Court-North, according to the Manchester Police Department.
In 2019, the Concord Monitor reported that Alexandra struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. She suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
‘I want to begin a homeless mental health awareness event,’ Alexandra said at the time.
Police responded to a woman, 26, who gave birth to a baby in a tent (pictured) in the woods near the West Side Arena in Manchester just before 1am
Police were misdirected by Alexandra at first and after an hour found the baby struggling to breathe and unclothed in 18-degree weather
‘Have it be like the telethon, or a carnival where you pay to get in, or a movie night and the money goes to a housing shelter.’
Dennis Eckersley, nicknamed ‘Eck,’ was an American professional baseball pitcher and former commentator.
Between 1975 and 1998 he pitched in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.
The 68-year-old gained prominence after becoming the first of two pitchers in major league history to have both a 20-win season and a 50-save season in a career.
He played 24 seasons and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Alexandra, also known affectionately as Allie, is the daughter of Dennis and Nancy O’Neil, his second wife. She also has a brother named Jake.
Dennis Eckersley, nicknamed ‘Eck,’ was an American professional baseball pitcher and former commentator adopted Alexandra with his ex-partner Nancy O’Neil
Between 1975 and 1998 he pitched in MLB for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals
O’Neil and Dennis divorced shortly after his retirement from baseball.
His third wife Jennifer, who is former lobbyist and manages the baseball legends business and charitable affairs spoke to the Concord Monitor in 2019.
Speaking to the outlet she revealed how Alexandra came to be in the ‘painful situation’ she found herself in.
‘As you can imagine this is an incredibly private and painful situation,’ she wrote.
‘Dennis and Nancy decline speaking to you about it, as it’s simply too painful. Instead, the family offers this statement.
‘As a family, we have been devoted to her health and wellbeing. We have given her unconditional love, nurturing and support.
‘We have left no stone unturned in seeking the help, resources, programs and professionals she has needed throughout her life.
‘Once she became of legal age our ability to intervene on her behalf became far more limited.’