MESA, Ariz. — A baby, with her umbilical cored still attached, was found abandoned on a lawn in Mesa, Ariz. Tuesday morning.
The baby, who is being called “Baby Jane” was transported to the hospital after she was found around 11 a.m. Tuesday by a hospice caregiver who lives in the East Valley home where the baby was abandoned, KNXV-TV reports.
The woman told police she thinks the baby was dropped off around 2 a.m., but she didn’t see who did it.
“I touched her and she moved and I said, ‘She’s alive!’” said Roseanne McCulloch, who found the baby. “I picked her up, and [the blanket] was all wet.”
McCulloch added, “She was a big baby. She was gorgeous. And whoever left her had already taken off the mucus, the membrane, off of her. I feel so bad for them because they must be in a situation where they felt they couldn’t continue to keep caring for the baby.”
At a press conference, officials say the infant is a full-term baby and healthy. She is believed to be either Hispanic or Native American, with black hair and weighs approximately 7 pounds and 8 ounces.
Officials say “things were still moist and damp from the birthing process.”
“The health and welfare of an infant, a brand-new newborn, is certainly put in peril by leaving the baby like that with no sort of medical care or attention,” Mesa police Det. Steve Berry said. “They would be able to take that baby to a fire station, no questions asked, and fire personnel would’ve taken over from there.”
Officials say they have not been able to locate the mother and hopes the public can help.
“We are hoping that someone in the public knows a person who is pregnant, and today they are not,” Berry said. “You think of things as simple but as dangerous as a loose dog in the area, or something like that, can be very dangerous to an infant not able to protect themselves.”