The two Greenville arena workers who rescued a newborn baby from a toilet in a ladies’ restroom at the Bi-Lo Center Friday night spoke with the press Wednesday for the first time.
Eder Serrano and Marco Calle were first notified by a female worker who saw the baby. Serrano said he didn’t believe it at first.
I thought it was a joke from the ladies cleaning the restroom because sometimes they play jokes. But when I saw the second lady coming with big eyes out of the restroom, I said, “Oh, man, something is going on there.” I thought it was a little boy, maybe one year or two years old being left behind. (To) my suprise, it was a newborn.
Easley native Jessica Blackham, 24, has been charged by Greenville police with felony child abuse and unlawful neglect to a child after police say she abandoned the baby in a toilet shortly after giving birth to it. Her bond has been set at $30,000.
Calle said he was so shocked to find the baby, he passed out momentarily.
Serrano said God gave him the strength to deal with the situation.
He gave me the strength the second time to get in there and tell Marco what to do, because Marco was a little nervous. From that point, he did everything that I say. From what I hear, he did good. We did good and we’re glad.
Serrano called 911 as Calle got the baby boy out of the toilet and wrapped him in a blanket.
Roger Newton is the President and General Manager of the Bi-Lo Center. He says he’s never seen anything like this.