LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police are asking the public for help identifying and locating the mother of a newborn baby that was found abandoned at an apartment complex on Sunday.
Police say a family in an apartment, located near the intersection of Jones and Lake Mead boulevards, heard crying coming from some bushes.
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Two children went outside and found the 1-day-old Black baby girl in a trash bag with her umbilical cord still attached. That family then called 9-1-1.
The baby, who was full-term, was transported to UMC Hospital and is stable, according to police. LVMPD believes she was born on Sunday and may have been abandoned within 30 minutes after being born.
During a news conference Tuesday, police urged anyone with information to come forward and help them find the mother.
“I want to recognize that this has been a very long, stressful year for all of us, and many have reached their breaking point,” said Lt. Ray Spencer. “I tell you this because we are not here to judge this mother. We are here to find her and check on her well-being.”
Police are using every resource they can to find the baby’s mother. LVMPD is checking video surveillance and canvassing with neighbors and businesses in the vicinity to help with their search.
“We don’t know the circumstances that led her to leave the baby,” he noted. This is the first time in months police have found an abandoned baby, according to Lt. Spencer.
“I stress that we have a law in this state to prevent this, and that is the Safe Haven law,” Lt. Spencer said.
This law allows any parent to drop off a baby, under 30 days old, at any fire station or medical facility with no questions asked. Individuals in this situation face no repercussions under the law.
Once the baby is “deemed medically safe from the hospital,” she will be placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
Anyone with information about the mother or abandoned baby is urged to contact the LVMPD Abuse/Neglect Detail at (702) 828-3364.