Police: Newborn abandoned in bathroom stall of health department

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CHESTERFIELD, S.C. —

The Chesterfield Police Department is continuing its investigation into Tuesday’s discovery of a newborn female left in a bathroom stall at the Chesterfield County Health Department.
 
“We have been searching for the baby girl’s mother, father or someone who may have information about this child,” Chesterfield Chief of Police Eric R. Hewett said.

He said the infant was clothed and wrapped in a blanket when an employee found her shortly after 5 p.m.

“She was placed in a stall next to a toilet on the floor," Hewett said. "She was wrapped up very securely."
 
The newborn was taken to the hospital.
 
Doctors determined that she was two or three days old, biracial and likely not born in a medical facility based on the appearance of her navel and no sign of a heel stick test.
 
Hewett said authorities are also concerned about the newborn's mother.
 
“That's one of our biggest concerns right now,” he said. “The whereabouts and the welfare of the mother."
 
He said that she could be a victim of some other incident.
 
Police called hospitals in surrounding counties asking if the mother turned up there, but they found no leads.
 
The newborn is in good health and is in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
 
Hewett said the case does not fall under Daniel’s Law, a state law that gives parents a safe option to give up their infants and avoid prosecution.
 
The law applies only if the baby is dropped off at a hospital, law enforcement agency, fire station, emergency medical services station or any staffed house of worship.
 
It also applies only if the infant is handed over to a staff member.
 
If anyone has any information, contact police at 843-623-2419.

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