CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM)– An abandoned newborn boy was found alive inside a handbag in Corsicana on Sunday night, according to the Corsicana Police Department.
The newborn, described as Hispanic or white, still had his umbilical cord attached and was wrapped in a towel incased in a pillowcase inside the handbag. The newborn was found under a carport on a resident’s side doorstep.
Corsicana Police and EMS personnel responded to a call from a woman in the 500 block of North 38th Street. According to Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton, the residence was approximately 1/6 mile from the Navarro Regional Hospital, where the newborn was transported for evaluation and treatment.
“The baby appears stable. That was the priority last night,” said Bratton. “Our top priority today is to find the mother.”
The Corsicana PD is interested in determining the circumstances surrounding the abandonment, including why the newborn was not delivered to the hospital.
Bratton also sees an opportunity to educate the public on how to handle similar situations in the future.
“Someone can drop the baby off with no questions asked, and there’s no criminal charges,” noted Bratton. “Obviously we are conducting a criminal investigation for this incident because they didn’t follow the Baby Moses [Law].”
The Baby Moses Law states that mothers may voluntarily leave infants 60 days or younger with an emergency medical care provider and the mother may use this as a defense if charged with child endangerment or abandonment.
According to Bratton, any potential charges would be determined and filed by the local district attorney’s office.
The Corsicana Police Department have notified law enforcement agencies and regional hospitals to be on the lookout for a female that appeared to have recently given birth, but did not have a baby or explanation for where the baby was.
Anyone with information that might help identify the mother is encouraged to contact the Corsicana Police Department at 903-654-4902 or Det. Greg Cloud at 903-654-4914.
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