Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Abandoned Newborn Found Inside Box
A driver was surprised Saturday when he found the newborn in a QVC cardboard box, along with a blanket, an article of clothing and a diaper, at the side of the road in Ocala, FLA.
Police on Monday said the baby girl, who is about 3 to 7 days old, appeared to be in good health, although she did suffer some ant bites. They believe the newborn may have been abandoned the night before being found.
Westly Pringle found the infant when he noticed fingers poking out of the box on the side of the road.
Police are now looking for a woman driving a gray pickup with a white topper who was seen in the area on Friday at about 7:30 p.m.
Many people have come forward offering to adopt the newborn, but authorities are looking for a family member who is willing to take care of her before putting her up for adoption. Regardless, it will take months before she is put up for adoption.
*Florida State law allows for an unwanted newborn to be left at a hospital, fire station or other emergency medical service station without it being considered child neglect.*