Abandoned baby found in backyard, taken to fire station - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Abandoned baby found in backyard, taken to fire station

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are looking for the mother of an abandoned newborn baby found in a backyard and delivered to a Memphis fire station.

A woman told the firefighters at Fire Station 23 that she found the hours old baby girl in her backyard Thursday.  The baby's umbilical cord was still attached.  She had been separated from her mother with a serrated knife.

"When she found the baby, she could not confirm the amount of time she had been in the backyard," said Lt. Wayne Cook with the Memphis Fire Department.

Firefighters checked the baby's vital signs.  Other than weighing just six pounds, she was taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in good condition.

The Memphis Fire Department reminded the public about Tennessee's safe haven laws that protect the parents and child.

"If the child is brought in, we will request info, but they are not obligated to give it," said Cooke.

Because of the safe haven law, the person who left the child would not have been in trouble had they taken the child directly to the fire station.  If police find out who left the child in the elements, they could face charges.

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