Mother, 21, of newborn found covered in ants could face 20 years

(FOX NEWS) The mother of a newborn girl -- who was found last week abandoned and covered in ant bites outside a Texas apartment building -- is facing up to 20 years in prison for felony child abandonment, police said.

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The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the charges against Sidney Woytascxky, 21, who admitted to being the mother, but claimed she didn't know she was pregnant until she gave birth to the baby at home.

Investigators said they believe that Woytasczyk did in fact know she was pregnant but wanted to hide the pregnancy, KHOU reported. The baby was discovered last Thursday after a passer-by heard her crying outside the Houston apartment complex. Police said the baby had her umbilical cord ripped out.

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