Hours-old baby abandoned on Atlanta doorstep

An hours-old baby was found abandoned Tuesday on a doorstep in northwest Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Police are trying to track down the mother after Frieda Burston discovered the newborn on her doorstep in the 1500 block of Mary George Avenue, the news station reported.

She was getting some water when she heard what sounded like a baby crying. Burston walked outside her home in the city’s Carver Hills neighborhood and saw the child, who could not have been more than 5 hours old.

“It was in a baby’s cloth, and whoever had the baby, they still had the umbilical cord,” she told Channel 2. “They hadn’t even took the cord off the baby.”

Burston picked her up, took her inside her home and called 911 just after 1 a.m. The baby was eventually taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to Channel 2.


 

Since 2002, Georgia has had a Safe Haven law, which allows parents to surrender a baby without facing criminal charges. Two years ago, the law was expanded to give parents up to 30 days from the baby’s birth to give up the child. Georgia’s law provides more options for parents than many states, but those that most need to understand the Safe Haven law may not even know it exists, experts previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Anyone who knows a woman in the late stages of pregnancy who could have recently given birth is asked to contact Atlanta police.