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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/14/2010

Newborn baby found in Springfield

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m.

A newborn infant girl was left in a Springfield Catholic church’s parking lot just before morning mass on Sunday, and police are trying to locate the baby’s mother amid concerns for her health.

The baby was discovered Sunday at about 6:30 a.m., when a patron of Saint Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church at 8750 Pohick Road noticed a bag in the parking lot. The infant – believed to be just hours old – was wrapped up inside the bag. The patron called for help, and the baby was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

“She had probably only been there for a few minutes,” said Officer Shelley Broderick, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman. “She is in good condition and will be at the hospital for several days for tests.”

Though it was cold Sunday morning, police believe the infant was probably only outside briefly and was not directly exposed to the elements, as she was in good health when found.

Broderick said police detectives are working to determine what happened and want to find the mother. Because the baby is so young, doctors have not yet been able to determine the baby’s race.

“Detectives are concerned about the health of the mother,” Broderick said. “The child obviously was not born in a hospital, and it’s possible she could have delivered the child on her own.”

It is unclear whether the mother would face criminal charges, but Broderick noted that the baby was left outside and unattended, rather than placed inside the church or at another safe location. Virginia law allows parents to leave a child who is less than 14 days old at a hospital or rescue squad so long as the baby is left “in a manner reasonably calculated to ensure the child’s safety.” Broderick said abandoned baby cases are very rare in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County police urge anyone with information about the baby to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477, where callers can leave information anonymously.

--Josh White


ORIGINAL POST:

A newborn baby girl was found near a church in Springfield Sunday morning, WUSA9 reports.

Fairfax County Police say the girl, left in the parking lot of St. Raymond Catholic Church, was transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

By Washington Post editors  | November 14, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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Comments

Any word on the infant's color? Or did The Post's "editors" consider that info too inflammatory for this post?

Posted by: clitteigh | November 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

umm - did you read the post ?

"Broderick said police detectives are working to determine what happened and want to find the mother. Because the baby is so young, doctors have not yet been able to determine the baby’s race."

Posted by: emanon13 | November 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought the "Safe Haven" program assured that any mother who left her baby at a church, hospital or police station would not be pursued by police. The reason for the stipulation was to give mothers alternatives to murdering their infants by disposing of them in trash cans. I remember in the 1990s when teens threw their babies away like trash was a daily occurrence. This program has been very effective; but the mothers are sought, contrary to laws of Safe Haven. I don't understand.

Posted by: skinfreak | November 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The article stated: "Virginia law allows parents to leave a child who is less than 14 days old at a hospital or rescue squad so long as the baby is left “in a manner reasonably calculated to ensure the child’s safety.”

The article also stated that it was unclear if the criminal charges would be filed.

Posted by: GoodellP | November 14, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Please learn about resources available to families who find themselves in crisis so that you may be able to help someone in need. Read more about the St. Raymond's incident here: http://encourageandteach.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/baby-found-a-st-raymonds-parish-a-reminder-of-resources-available/

Posted by: cait4891 | November 14, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's a sign related to the approach of Christmas.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | November 14, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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