Newborn Abandoned in Weeds; Mother Sought
Around 8:00pm last night as she was getting into her car at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Gauthier Rd, she heard the unmistakable sounds of a baby. Looking around, she spotted a naked newborn baby girl lying in a grassy area about 50 yards from the front door of the hospital.
Not exactly sure what to do, she called 911. Deputies arrived and figured the baby had been in the grass about 15 minutes. She was immediately taken into the hospital where medical personnel determined the baby is a full-term newborn African-American female.
Deputies are now attempting to locate the mother, who could be prosecuted for child abandonment.
Someone knows a woman that was pregnant yesterday and is no longer pregnant today and does not have a baby. Once this woman is found she will be arrested and charged with child abandonment; but had she utilized the Louisiana Safe Haven Law, no charges would be filed against her, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.
The Louisiana Safe Haven law allows a person to give up a healthy newborn up to 60 days old, no questions asked at a Safe Haven facility.
Some designated facilities in Louisiana include any hospital, fire station, or law enforcement agency. The infant must be left with an employee; if there is no employee present at the site the parent can contact 911. If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, they can call 911 and a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven relinquishment, and transport the newborn to a hospital. As long as the baby has no signs of abuse or neglect, the parent is protected by the safe haven law and won't be arrested or charged.
CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is leading the investigation. Any and all information in helping to find the mother are greatly appreciated. Call 337-491-3605.