UPDATE: Newborn Found on Doorstep "In ICU, Doing Excellent"

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Abandoning a newborn infant isn't necessarily against the law. For moms desperate to know what to do, there are "Safe Haven Laws" which gives people options.

In West Virginia, parents have 30 days to drop an infant off to any hospital or emergency facility.

In Ohio, the child can be dropped at a hospital, EMS station or any law enforcement office for 30 days.

In Kentucky, that infant can be only as old as three days without legal consequences, and the drop-off locations expand to hospitals, EMS providers, fire and police stations.

For more information about Safe Haven Laws, visit the following website: http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/states/


UPDATE 9/16/13 @ 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The newborn baby found on a doorstep Saturday night is "in (the) Intensive Care Unit doing excellent," Detective Ted Backus with the Huntington Police Department tells WSAZ.com.

Backus said he's been to the hospital to check on the baby a few times.

He says the baby is in the Intensive Care Unit because they do not know the baby's history, so they are monitoring the newborn very closely.

The current goal is to find the baby's mother, only to make sure she is OK, Backus said.

"We want to make sure she is OK, that is our main concern," he said.

They are looking for a young woman who is between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall with shoulder-length hair.

The witness who saw the young woman, dressed in all black and carrying a camouflage backpack, says she was walking in the middle of the 1200 block of 11th Street about 9 p.m. Saturday. The witness said they were not able to tell the ethnicity because it was so dark.

The DHHR released a statement Monday saying, "Once the baby is released from the hospital, the baby will be placed in an approved foster/adoptive home or with a relative if one can be identified."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Huntington Police Tip Line at (304) 696-4444.

You can remain anonymous.

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UPDATE 9/15/13 @ 7:00 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A newborn baby abandoned on a doorstep in Huntington is safe after the woman who lives at that house found him Saturday night.

Rachel Bostic described it as something from a movie. She said she was sitting on her couch about 9 p.m. watching the Marshall football game when she heard three loud knocks on her door that startled her.

“I thought it was a friend and I thought, well, they're not going to come to my house without calling first,” Bostic said. “It wasn't a knock like a knock of someone you know, it was a ‘bang-bang-bang’ like three loud bangs.”

Bostic said she heard loud crying and looked out her door to see a baby wrapped in a blue towel on her porch. She opened the door and picked up the baby, and when she did, a note, believed to be from the baby’s mother, fell out of the towel.

“The note said the baby was born between 1:30 and 2:00 that afternoon,” Bostic said. “She talked as if she were the baby in the note and said she had named the baby. She said my name is -- I can't remember the name right now. It was a blur. I was holding him and trying to read the letter.”

The note, Bostic said, also mentioned that the mother couldn’t take care of the baby and asked her not to call police.

“She said she knew I could give him a good home, a nice family and she wanted me to take care of him,” Bostic said. “She said when he gets older to please tell him that she loves him.”

Bostic said she had to call police. When they and paramedics arrived, they checked the baby boy out and made sure he was okay. Bostic said he seemed fine other than being hungry.

“Thhere was blood on the towel so they thought that he was probably born in the towel,” Bostic said.

Rita Cooper, who lives on the 1200-block of 11th Street where the baby was dropped off, said she saw a young woman walk toward Ritter Park just after the baby was left on Bostic’s porch. She said the woman was wearing a backpack.

“She kept turning towards me and looking,” Cooper said. “I thought it was kind of odd that she was walking down the middle of the road. And then she immediately turned down the alley and then I didn't see her anymore.”

Cooper said nothing like this has ever happened in the 15 years she has lived here, but that maybe the mother was desperate.

“There's all kinds of circumstances with her family life perhaps, and what she had to hope for that child's future,” Cooper said. “Possibly she was afraid of repercussions from friends and family.”

Bostic said she was concerned for the safety and health of the mother, as well as the baby.

“She obviously needs medical attention as well. She just had a baby, so I was worried about both of them,” Bostic said. “I hope that she's okay and I’m glad her baby is okay.”

Huntington Police said Sunday that the baby was in the hospital and was doing very well. They said he was being monitored closely to determine if he had any health issues related to a drug-addicted mother.

No word yet on who the mother is or if charges will be filed.

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A newborn baby boy was found on a woman's doorstep Saturday night with a note believed to be from his mother.

Police say the baby was discovered about 9:15 p.m. at a home in the 1200 block of 11th Street.

Officers say the baby appears to have been born Saturday. It's unclear who the mother is at this time.

The woman who found the baby tells WSAZ.com that there was a note saying he was born between 1:30 and 2:00 Saturday afternoon. She also says the note asked her not to call police, but she says she knew she had no choice because he needed medical attention.

She says he was wrapped in a blue beach towel that had blood on it.

The woman says the note also said to tell the baby she loves him -- once he grows up.

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