An unidentified person left a newborn baby girl in the parking lot of St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church in the Springfield, Va., area.
The hours old newborn was wrapped in towels and left in a duffel bag without any identification. A family arriving at the church for early morning services found the baby at about 6:30 a.m. and contacted authorities. She was cared for inside the church until help arrived.
The baby was taken to nearby Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she is in good condition and will remain for several days. She may have been born between midnight and 6 a.m. Sunday and appears to be full term, police said.
At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a receptionist at the parish office said that police were still at the scene looking for additional details. It is still unknown who the baby is and where her parents are. The baby was not delivered in a hospital, and police are concerned for the condition of the mother
In Virginia, safe haven laws protect mothers who want to drop off babies within the first 14 days with an employee at any hospital emergency room or with an emergency medical rescue squad.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the church before 6:30 a.m. to call the police, or if they think they know who the mother is to call them or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
To find out more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Fairfax County:
- Call the Department of Family Services at 703-324-7639.
- Visit our website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs
- Go to a monthly informational meeting - next one is Dec 13 at the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax) at 7 p.m.