Officials review surveillance video of baby found in parking lot
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Investigators are reviewing the surveillance video in search for clues after a newborn baby was found abandoned in a South Florida parking lot.
A newborn baby with its umbilical cord still attached, was left behind in the bushes of a church parking lot on Northeast Second Street and Second Avenue late Thursday afternoon. "We are thinking maybe someone young [left the baby], because they could have gone to the fire department to drop the baby off, but the baby was OK, he was sleeping," said day care owner Nicole Carter. "It's a beautiful baby boy."
A woman picking up her child noticed the abandoned baby and flagged down the bus driver from the Queen's Little Angels Childcare Center. "I said 'What up?' and she yelled out, 'A baby! A baby!'" said bus driver Jacqueline Saxon.
The baby was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale in good condition.
Officials are looking into several tips regarding a pregnant woman and her boy friend living in the Atlantic Inn Motel until last week. Another tip regarding a woman whose water broke in a Pompano Beach Dunkin' Donuts.
Investigators are reviewing the surveillance video that showed a black sedan next to the same spot where the abandoned baby was found.
Investigators have not said if the tips are connected to the baby.
"I was looking around because if I knew and was a mom, and made that decision, I'd try to look and see if someone found the baby," said Carter. "But I looked around and I didn't see anyone."
A Florida Safe Haven law allows new mothers to drop off babies up to seven days old at fire stations, no questions asked. "Safe Haven exists to help moms that are hiding their pregnancies and don't know what to do," said a Safe Haven spokesperson Nick Silver. "We are basically the last resort for them at that point in time."
Julie Langham lives nearby where the baby was found and is still in shock. "This is ridiculous. It's crazy, because they can take the baby to the fire station, to a hospital, or take it to someone that will care for it and not just leave it like that," she said. "That is cruel."
When the baby is released from the hospital, the Department of Children and Families will take custody and will place the baby in foster care.
If you have any information on whoever left the baby at the Pompano Beach parking lot, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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