DANBURY, Conn. — Five days after a newborn boy was abandoned behind a Main Street store, the baby's mother walked into the lobby of the Danbury Police Department.
Officers had been searching for her since they received a 911 call at 11:38 p.m. Sunday reporting the discovery of a baby, wrapped in women's clothing, behind the grocery store at 397 Main St.
The woman walked into the lobby at about 12:40 a.m. Friday, police said, and was taken to Danbury Hospital for treatment. She and the baby were both in "general good health," police said.
Earlier, police had released photos of the clothing found with the baby, including a blue T-shirt that said "You Soy Linaje Escogido," Spanish for "I am a chosen lineage." They also released the 911 call (listen above), which shows the confusion over the location in question. But the caller also says of the baby, "It's crying."
The baby was found about a block from the Danbury police station in the bushes behind Zaytuna Grocery Store.
The woman's identity was not released, said police, who thanked the media and the public "who were integral in assisting us with this investigation."
When officers were searching for her, police said, "Our main concern at this time is for the mother, who may need medical attention or is a victim of a crime herself."
The investigation is continuing, police said.
In response to the case, Gov. Dannel Malloy pushed for greater awareness of the state's Safe Haven Law, which allows newborns to be relinquished at emergency rooms, no questions asked.
“This case really drives home the point that we all need to do more to raise awareness that no parent needs to take such drastic risk with the life of a newborn,” Malloy said. “Connecticut has a safe, no-questions-asked option for parents who feels overwhelmed and unable to provide care to a baby.”
This week’s case in Danbury is the fifth time a baby has been dangerously abandoned since the Safe Haven law took effect in Connecticut in 2000.
Since then, 31 babies have been taken to hospital emergency departments. All of those babies have since been adopted, except in one instance in which the family of one of the parents came forward to care for the child.
For more information on the Safe Haven laws, click here .
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