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Baby dropped off at medical center

Newborn baby stuffed inside gym bag with umbilical cord still attached

Police are looking for the person who dropped a newborn baby off in a gym bag in front of a Chamblee, Georgia, medical center on early Thursday morning.

FOX reports that a member of the custodial staff at the Family Medical Clinic on Buford Highway found the baby after the little boy had been inside the bag around 18 hours. Surveillance footage at the medical center showed a staff member picking the bag up from the front door at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Thinking it was a lost bag belonging to a patient, the staff member place the gym bag in a collection room and didn’t check inside the bag.

“The gentleman who found him was going to clean the front windows and heard crying, and that’s when he opened up the gym bag,” Lieutenant Jason Waasdorp said on Thursday afternoon. “He was the one who called 911.”

The state of Georgia’s Safe Haven law allows mothers to drop off newborns at any medical center for up to seven days after birth. However, Waasdorp said the baby’s mother didn’t follow the rules of the Safe Haven law, which requires her to leave her name and information when dropping the baby off.

“It is heartbreaking, but we’d like people to understand that Georgia has a Safe Haven law and under that law, you are able, as a mother, to give up your baby within 72 hours of giving birth at a medical facility,” Waasdorp said. “However, the mother has to leave her information with the facility.”

Authorities took the baby to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he drank his first bottle since being found. He’s said to be doing well and now in the care of the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS).

Detectives said the mother was likely scared when she dropped the baby off, but they are still hoping she comes forward.

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