Newborn Abandoned Outside Gas Station
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DEBARY (CBSMiami/AP) — Officials say a newborn baby is doing well after she was found wrapped in newspapers outside a central Florida gas station Monday.
Television news reported a man picked up the baby around 2:20 a.m. and walked to a fire station about a half-mile away. When no one answered at the fire station, the man flagged down a newspaper carrier who called 911.
“At first I didn’t believe him because who would leave a baby out in the cold air like this?” said Anthony Akeridge, who was delivering newspapers in Debary. “I heard the baby make a noise and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I called 911 and told the gentleman to get in my van and I turned on the heater as hot as I could get it.”
Akeridge told WESH the baby’s umbilical cord was still attached and tied off by a nylon rope.
Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating. Under Florida law, a newborn can be left at a public place, such as a fire station or police station without any legal repercussions.
It’s not known whether the mother, or whoever left the baby outside the gas station, will face charges if found.
The baby was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, where doctors said she appeared to be in “good” condition.
Temperatures in central Florida dipped into the 40s early Monday. It isn’t known how long the baby was outside before being found.