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Dennis Eckersley’s daughter’s history that led to homelessness

Alexandra Eckersley’s long history of mental illness played a significant role in her becoming homeless and estranged from her adoptive parents, Nancy and MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley.

Alexandra reportedly found her newborn baby boy undressed and freezing in 18-degree weather early Monday morning in New Hampshire’s dark woodlands earlier this week. It became a topic. A 26-year-old boy hospitalized after giving birth in the woods initially faced one count of reckless felony after allegedly lying about the baby’s whereabouts during a police search.

On Tuesday, Alexandra was arraigned over the phone and told she faces additional charges of endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree assault with extreme indifference, and tampering with physical evidence. I got

According to an affidavit cited by WCVB, Eckersley told police that she didn’t know she was pregnant and admitted to using cocaine and marijuana in the days before giving birth.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.
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Baby was found on December 26, 2022.

Alexandra Eckersley has been charged with felony reckless conduct after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius weather in a New Hampshire woodland area.


Police have responded to reports of a woman giving birth to a baby in a tent in the woods near Manchester's Westside Arena.

Police have responded to reports of a woman giving birth to a baby in a tent in the woods near Manchester’s Westside Arena.


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Alexandra is scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsborough Superior Court North on Tuesday.

Alexandra is scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsborough Superior Court North on Tuesday.


Manchester Fire Chief David Flury reportedly identified Alexandra as Eckersley's daughter.

Manchester Fire Chief David Flury reportedly identified Alexandra as Eckersley’s daughter.


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According to prosecutors, Alexandra’s mother, Nancy, told them that she and her ex-husband, Dennis, offered her daughter drug treatment for years, which she refused, leaving her homeless. I chose

“They openly offered to send her home on the condition that she be treated for her drug use.

As the daughter of a billionaire MLB legend, many would believe Alexandra lives a life of luxury with the world at her fingertips. But that’s a far cry from her reality, especially after she left the Eckersley family in Massachusetts in late 2017, according to a heartbreaking article in New Hampshire’s capital city, Concord Her Monitor.

When columnist Ray Duckler interviewed Alexandra about her experience in May 2019, the Eckersley family said in a statement to the outlet, “Allie was diagnosed with mental illness when she was two years old. It deteriorated considerably over the years, resulting in multiple hospitalizations and eventual institutionalization.” She is homeless in Concord.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.


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Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.


Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.

Alexandra Eckersley faces multiple charges after her newborn baby was found in 18 degree Celsius temperatures in New Hampshire woods on December 26, 2022.


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“Our hearts are broken. Unfortunately, in her situation, the problem isn’t homelessness, it’s mental illness. I continue to hope that he will seek treatment.”

The Eckersley family added that Alexandra has seen “countless therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, neurologists and children’s health advocates.”

At the time, Alexandra was described as living with her boyfriend in “the still-bare woods behind a closed liquor store on Storrs Street” while dealing with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. In a 2019 interview, she said she and her boyfriend were looking for another campsite after police ordered them to move for a week because of trespassing on private property.

“When I was in Massachusetts, before I moved here, I learned nothing from my mistakes,” Alexandra said. “I didn’t realize they were mistakes and that I had to admit and take responsibility for them. Those are mistakes I really don’t want to mention.”

Alexandra claimed to the outlet that her biological father was controlling and mean to her mother, so Nancy and Denise adopted her at birth.

Dennis Eckersley in 1978
Dennis Eckersley in 1978
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Alexandra has been moving from one institution to another since she was six years old due to mental health and behavioral problems.

When she became homeless, Alexandra added that during her first winter, she slept in a tent with heaters and cots, and couchsurfed occasionally.

When asked about her daughter’s homelessness and bipolar disorder, Eckersley declined to discuss her issues with Duckler at the time the article was published.

Eckersley’s current wife, Jennifer, emailed Duckler and said: Denise and Nancy refuse to talk to you because it’s too painful. ”

Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley will be featured during the 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2022 in Cooperstown, NY.
Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley will be introduced at Hall of Fame Induction Weekend on July 24, 2022 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
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However, she provided statements from Nancy and Dennis.

“As a family, we have been dedicated to her health and well-being,” it read. “We have given her her unconditional love, nurturing and support. I’ve been asking

“Once she reached legal age, our ability to intervene on her behalf became much more limited.

However, Alexandra disputed the support she received from her family during interviews, claiming that Denise in particular was obsessed with her homelessness.

“He found a way to draw my homeless person in with every conversation,” Alexandra said. “What I wanted all my life was to be accepted by my family. In my own home, I felt like an outsider, an outcast.”

During the interview, Alexandra explained that she’s been working to better herself, telling Duckler that she recently “checked into a Riverbend-supported emergency unit to get back on track… I went there myself.”

Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley takes the mound against the Yankees during an early 1980s Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley takes the mound against the Yankees during an early 1980s Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
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Duckler writes that Alexandra asked to inform her family about her progress. At the time, she was on medication and had food stamps.

In a 2019 interview, Alexandra said she wanted to attend college, join the medical field and work on mental health, give back, and use her experiences to help others.

“Money is not the problem,” said Alexandra. “Homelessness can happen to anyone.”

Her parents were supportive of her participation in events and were happy with things like high school proms, but Alexandra said they weren’t “more important than bad.”

In February 2019, Alexandra recalled calling her parents to tell them she had been accepted to two colleges, New Hampshire Tech and Granite State University, but they only focused on her being homeless. I didn’t get the response I was hoping for. .

Dennis Eckersley at the Red Sox booth
Dennis Eckersley in the Red Sox broadcast booth
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“I know they do,” she said, admitting that her parents love her. is not.”

During the arraignment on Tuesday, prosecutors said the Alexandra boy, who weighed just four pounds, was intubated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover. He said he was recovering, WCVB reported.

Judge Diane Nicolosi said Eckersley could be released on $3,000 cash bail, provided she had no contact with children or anyone under the age of 18, and she By state you must live in a parental abstinence facility or in an approved residence.