A mother abandoned her one-day-old baby on the doorstep of an apartment with a note saying: ‘I had him in the bathroom. His dad tried to kill us.’
The tiny boy was found wrapped in a shirt with the note attached outside an apartment at the Willow Key complex in Orlando, Florida on Saturday.
The torn scrap of paper left with the child says: ‘I had him in the bathroom alone. His dad tried to kill us.’
‘Please keep him secret and take him to hospital. Dad a very dangerous man. I’m so sorry. I tried to clean him and feed him.’
The note said the baby was born on July 19, which the note’s writer refers to as ‘yesterday.’
Althea Brown, whose doorstep the newborn was reportedly left on, said she was shocked to learn from a neighbor about the baby left at her apartment while she was at work.
She told News 6: ‘When I heard it, I wish I was there. Maybe I’d take that baby in. Not to adopt it, but to foster it or something.’
‘It’s incomprehensible to me. I don’t know if it’s a neighbor or not or if it was just somebody that decided to use this place as their escape.’
Neighbors at the Willow Key Apartments on Arnold Palmer drive told WFTV that police officers knocked on their doors and asked if they had recently seen any pregnant women.
Clive Petgrave, who lives at the complex said: ‘(My neighbor) said she was in the kitchen, making breakfast and she heard a baby crying.’
‘She said to herself there should be no baby on this floor crying like that. And when she opened the door, she saw a baby.’
Police took the newborn to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and said he is in good health. Authorities said they are still searching for his mother to try and find out of she is safe, and check on her condition.
Florida ‘Safe Haven’ state law allows people to legally give up their newborn babies at designated safe places, including hospitals and fire stations with anonymity and without punishment.
Since the law was passed 19 years ago, 310 babies have been safely, legally surrendered, while 63 have been abandoned illegally, former Oviedo fire Chief Lars White said.
Orlando Police Sergeant Eduardo Bernal said the mother appears to have broke the law by leaving the baby at a stranger’s apartment instead of a hospital or fire department.
He said: ‘For this case it could be child neglect. In more serious cases where injury comes to the baby or death, it could be aggravated manslaughter. It’s very serious. You’re talking about a 1-day-old infant that can’t take care of themselves.’
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