Hours-Old Newborn Found Abandoned Near Shopping Mall
An newborn only a few hours old was found abandoned near a shopping mall Sunday morning, and authorities are searching for the mother.
A homeless man found the baby girl wrapped in a blanket just after 6 a.m. this morning, hidden behind a wall near the Lakewood Square Shopping Center. He took her to a nearby fire station, and firefighters took the girl to a nearby hospital where she was found to be in stable condition, according to NBC 4.
"Although we are investigating a crime, we are concerned about the mother's health and well being. We urge her to seek follow up treatment from a qualified medical professional," the sheriff's department said in a statement. The incident is being investigated as a child endangerment case.
In California there are Safe Haven laws that allow newborns no older than 72 hours-old to be dropped off at locations such as fire stations with no questions asked.