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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Photo of abandoned baby released

By Washington Post editors

Fairfax County police have released a photograph of the newborn left in the parking lot of a Springfield Catholic church just before Mass on Sunday.

The baby was found about 6:30 a.m. when a patron of St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church, at 8750 Pohick Rd., noticed a bag in the parking lot. The infant, thought to have been just hours old, was inside.
The baby is reported to be in good condition and is expected to remain in the hospital for several days. Doctors believe she may be of Hispanic descent.

Police ask anyone with information to call police at 703-691-2131, Crime Solvers 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637.

By Washington Post editors  | November 15, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Confused? Why would they try to locate the baby's mother? She obviously didn't want the child and there are laws saying you can drop a baby off certain places and not be prosecuted.

So, why are the police asking anyone to call 'crimesolvers' when there wasn't any 'crime' in the 1st place?

Has she been set up by the 'Damned if you, damned if you don't' mantra?

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Leaving a newborn in a duffel bag, in a church parkinglot is not really whatthey had on mind with the "safe place" provision. The behavior is at the least negligent.

Posted by: novamami | November 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it was risky for the baby to be left in a parking lot. But the hunt for the mom is making it less likely that a future mom will risk arrest by leaving her baby indoors and closer to foot traffic. The intent of the law is to give women a pass if they leave their babies somewhere safe. This baby's mom obviously wanted the baby to be found safe. The cops should lay off, and emphasize to women that their babies will be cared for with no questions asked. The cops' bunk about, "We want to find the mom because we're worried about her," is transparently false and only breeds fear and contempt of the police.

Posted by: pundito | November 16, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

This breaks my heart. As a foster parent and someone who cannot have children but would do anything for them it just makes me so sad to see this. The only positive thing I can say is at least the mother knew enough that she wants better for her child and at least she left her somewhere she knew someone would find her although there are better ways to relinquish your rights then to leave your child in a duffel bag but she also knew enough not to put the baby in the trash. I would do anything to have a child and hope and prey this baby is put into a loving and safe home, with a family that wants a baby they have been unable to have themselves.

Posted by: ck1md | November 16, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

The mother should be located ... and sterilized. She didn't want it and shouldn't be allowed to have any further children.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | November 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Hardly an "anchor baby." If women are abandoning babies in Fairfax County, then the economy is probably not as good as the bureaucrats in Washington say it is.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

this is why they throw their kids in the trash and not a safe place. Now what when you find her....maybe she does not want to be found and exposed with the public media keep abortions going!!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | November 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm grateful she is alive and safe. Please give her a strong and loving name: take care of this beuatiful baby. God works in mysterious ways.

Posted by: number91 | November 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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