Newborn Found In Shopping Bag In Church Parking Lot
MSNBC.COM - A newborn girl was found abandoned in a shopping bag Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of an Illinois church.
Members of Gospel Presbyterian Church, at 210 S. Plum Grove Road, were returning to the lot around 2 p.m. Sunday when they saw a green recyclable grocery bag on their vehicle, Schaumburg police said.
They found a teddy bear and towel inside and brought the bag back into the church, thinking another church member left the bag on their car, police said. Someone then heard a noise from inside the bag and found the infant.
"We don't know who the mother is and are hoping that the public will help us identify her," said Sgt. John Nebl, public information officer for the Schaumburg Police Department.
"First and foremost we want to make sure that the mother is healthy mentally and physically, and that she voluntarily relinquished child."
The days-old little girl, of Asian ethnicity and weighing seven pounds, was evaluated by the Schaumburg Fire Department and taken to a local hospital, where she is in good condition.
Hospital officials told Schaumburg police the baby likely was not born in a hospital because of the length of the unclamped umbilical cord. She appears to have been carried to full term, according to hospital officials and is in good health.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will take custody of the baby once she is released from the hospital, police said.
Anybody with information about the baby or her mother is requested to call the Schaumburg Police Department Investigations Division at 847-882-3534.
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