Alexandra Eckersley, the homeless daughter of Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley reportedly gave birth to her baby in a freezing tent. She then led the police to the wrong spot before they located the baby and found the infant struggling to breathe.
The incident took place in a tent in the woods near the West Side Arena in Manchester when the police were alerted to a woman giving birth in a precarious situation.
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On a Facebook post, the police identified the woman as 26-year-old Alexandra, who reportedly directed authorities to an area of the woods where the baby was supposed to be but the Manchester Police and Fire and American Medical Response personnel could not locate the child after searching the area.
The correct location was revealed by Alexandra and the police allegedly found the baby uncovered and “struggling to breathe” on the floor of a tent near the Piscataquag River at Electric Street.
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“Officers located the baby who was treated by EMT’s and transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the statement read. “The mother, Alexandra Eckersley, 26, was arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Concord District Court for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was subsequently charged with Felony – Reckless Conduct in connection with this recent incident.”
She was arraigned on Tuesday in Hillsboro Superior Court-North, according to the Manchester Police Department.
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Who is Alexandra Eckersley?
Alexandra Eckersley is the adopted daughter of MLB Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher and broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. She is affectionately known as Allie and is the daughter of Dennis and Nancy O’Neil, his second wife. She also has a brother named Jake.
Dennis and O’Neil divorced shortly after his retirement from baseball.
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In 2019, it was reported that Alexandra struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. She also suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
“I want to begin a homeless mental health awareness event,” Alexandra said at the time. “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’ third wife Jennifer spoke to the Concord Monitor in 2019, revealing how Alexandra came to be in the “painful situation” she found herself in.
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“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.”