A 3-month-old baby girl abandoned in a United Arab Emirates city is the third abandonment in the past month, and officials are investigating.
The city of Sharjah saw another baby girl being abandoned, this time at the Al Kuwaiti Hospital. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, a 3-month-old baby girl was found left on a chair in the woman's reception area, according to Gulf News.
One news outlet, the Khaleej Times, reports the baby was left in a pram and had a bottle beside her.
A woman who was waiting in the reception line heard the baby girl crying and went to investigate. When she found the infant and realized no one was with the baby, she notified the hospital police.
The Khaleej Times reported that the hospital staff waited for several hours for the baby girl's mother to return to claim the baby before reporting the baby as an abandoned baby to the police.
A group from the Wasit police station and CID arrived to investigate on scene after hospital management called the police. The investigators looked at CCTV footage from the hospital and saw the mother leaving the baby in the woman's reception area.
The baby was reportedly "well-dressed" and healthy. The 3-month-old also appears to have Asian features.
The police took the little girl to a different hospital, Al Qasimi Hospital, while they look for her parents. She is currently being cared for at that particular hospital.
This is not the first time in the past month that a baby has been abandoned in Sharjah. On September 20, a baby girl was abandoned in the parking lot of Al Safeer Mall in Al Majaz, Sharjah. The man who found her claimed she still had her umbilical cord attached.
The baby girl had been placed in a plastic bag and was put near the front of a tire of a car.
That baby girl abandoned in a United Arab Emirates city had fair skin and Arab features, according to Arabian Business.
In another instance, a little boy was found abandoned on Khor Fakkan Beach on September 4. The 3-year-old Indian boy could tell police his own name, but he could not remember his parents' names.
The child said his parents had gone to a restaurant and would return to get him.
The police have not been able to locate his parents. He is being cared for by child protection services and is in good health.
In the United Arab Emirates, it is illegal to have children out of wedlock. Last year, four mothers were sent to prison when they abandoned their babies, all born out of wedlock. They were punished with one year in jail and then were deported with their children.
The baby girl abandoned in a United Arab Emirates city most recently will be given to a child protection committee in Sharjah until her parents can be found.
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