Newborn Found in Paper Bag with Umbilical Cord Attached

October 20th, 2009 by

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY – UPDATE 11:55 p.m.

Police tell us that the baby is in good health. Also, Chesterfield child protective services has been notified, which is standard operating procedure in cases like this, a police supervisor said.

Neighbor Rachel White said it appeared the baby, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was clean, other than she had soiled herself.

The white, cotton miniskirt she was swaddled in also appeared to be otherwise clean, indicating the baby had been washed of the usual fluids that accompany birth.

Investigators are planning to check with the school bus driver and the students on the bus, along with school resource officers who may know pregnant students.

Investigators are also considering the possibility that the person who dropped off the baby is familiar with the neighborhood; that a bus stop is there and the child stood a good chance of being found quickly.

UPDATE 7:48PM: Investigators tell CBS 6, it was a white caucasian baby that was wrapped in a white pleated skirt and two small blankets.

Police say a neighbor saw a brown paper bag at the bus stop at the end of this street on Vickilee court. She picked it up thinking it was trash for recycling. Then, put it back and walked away. A little later she came back to that bus stop with another neighbor, who’s dogged picked up a scent from the bag. That’s when they opened the back and found baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached.

Chesterfield police have been canvassing the neighborhood all afternoon trying to find out who the mother is and if she lives in the area.

Police say they’re also contacting school resource officers to find out if there are any girls who were pregnant that are not now. Plus, they plan to interview school bus drivers and kids on the bus who may know something.

Police say the baby is doing well at Chippenham hospital. They say she’s about a day and a half old in good health. The newborn was delivered full term.

UPDATE 5:08pm: We have new information on a newborn baby found in a paper bag in Chesterfield County. CBS 6 has learned that the child was born full-term and appears to be in good health.

At around 4:00 p.m. Monday, Chesterfield County police were called to the 800 block of Vickilee Court near Courthouse Road, where the child was discovered by a neighbor.

The neighbor tells police, the bag was near a bus stop early in the morning, but there was no sign of what was inside. In fact, they believed the bag was trash and moved it.

Later, in the afternoon, the same neighbor was walking her dog when she heard crying coming from the bag and saw it shaking, she looked inside and found a newborn baby girl with its umbilical cord still attached.

We’re told that woman took the child inside her home, bathed it and called police. The baby is now at CJW Hospital’s Chippenham campus and listed in good condition.

The temperature at 7:00 a.m. Monday was 38 degrees. By 5:00 p.m. the high had only reached 59.


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