An hours-old baby girl was found abandoned Monday night right outside a home in southwest Atlanta, according to the police.
The Atlanta police nicknamed the baby girl “Harlan,” which is the name of the road she was found on (Harlan Road). “Harlan” was wrapped in a pink Hello Kitty blanket and had a portion of her umbilical cord still attached when she was discovered. According to the information the police sent to Daily Mail Online, they found the baby girl “alert, conscious, and breathing” when they arrived at the scene.
A neighbor (name withheld by request) was with his nephew and 81-year-old mother when they found the baby girl on a front porch on Harlan Road, according to WSB Radio. They were on their way home from the grocery store about 5:30 pm on Monday when they made the discovery.
The man added that they don’t know anyone who could possibly be the baby’s mother
“I was initially shocked myself,” the man told Liz Artz of WSB Radio.
Whoever had it knew what they were doing. (The child) was wrapped real nice, left in front of (the) house.
“It could have been random but I’m thinking someone knew the baby would be taken care of,” the neighbor added.
Capt Terrell Griffin said that they are focusing on finding the baby girl’s mother so that she can be provided proper medical treatment, and also added that they are unsure on whether she is going to face charges when found and that they are only concerned about her health and safety.
11 Alive News‘ TV coverage of the case brought up the Georgia Safe Haven Law, which allows mothers to leave babies up to seven days old at any facility where medical treatment can be provided.
“You don’t have to suffer in silence. You can let people know you need help with your baby,” Lt. Celeste Murphy of the Atlanta Police Department said.
The police said that the baby girl is in good condition and is being observed by doctors at the Scottish Rite Hospital, according to WSB Radio. Once cleared, the baby will be delivered into DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) custody.
The police said that they still have no information of the baby girl’s whereabouts at this time.
Anyone with information on the case and the baby girl’s mother is urged to call the Atlanta Police Department Special Victims Unit at 404-546-4260, or to send information anonymously to Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS and via their website at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.
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