According to officials, Alexandra Eckersley, the adopted daughter of MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley, is facing a felony charge of reckless conduct after her newborn baby was discovered naked and freezing in 18-degree weather in a dark wooded area in New Hampshire early Monday morning.
Officers responded to a report of a woman giving birth in a tent in the woods near Manchester’s West Side Arena shortly before 1 a.m., according to Boston 25 News. Alexandra, 26, is accused of lying to authorities about the baby’s whereabouts and claiming she gave birth prematurely.
According to the Manchester Fire Department, after an hour of searching, police discovered the baby uncovered and struggling to breathe on the floor of a tent near the Piscataquag River at Electric Street. The infant was taken to Catholic Medical Center by police. The baby’s current health is unknown.
According to the Manchester Police Department, Alexandra will be arraigned in Hillsboro Superior Court-North on Tuesday. She was also arrested for endangering a child’s welfare.
Alexandra, according to Manchester Fire Chief David Flurey, is Eckersley’s daughter.
Dennis Eckersley pitched for the Indians, Red Sox, Cubs, Athletics, and Cardinals from 1975 to 1998. In 1992, he was named to six All-Star games and won the AL MVP and Cy Young Awards. He was named ALCS MVP in 1988 before leading the Athletics to a World Series victory in 1989.
In 2004, Eckersley was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In October, Eckersley retired from the NESN booth after a 19-year broadcast career with the Red Sox.
At the time, Eckersley had plans to return to his native California after the season to spend more time with his grandchildren, according to The Boston Globe.