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Annapolis Police: Newborn Infant Left on Doorstep

On June 30, 2017 at 6:37 a.m. officers responded for a report of a found infant. An apparently hours old Hispanic male infant was found outside a home in the 2000 block of Forest Drive. The infant appeared to be in good health and was transported to a local hospital for care.


We are concerned about the health of the mother of the child and are asking her to come forward to receive medical care. She may need medical attention or be a victim of a crime. Anyone with information about the identity of the mother or about her whereabouts is urged to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. Please don’t share personal information on our social media pages.

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The baby was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center and seemed to be in good health, said Cpl. Amy Miguez, Annapolis police spokeswoman.
There are concerns about the health of the mother, Miguez said.
"She also may need medical attention or have been the victim of a crime," she said.
Although that can be complicated by the fact the mother did not follow Maryland's safe haven law. This allows children in good health to be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations.
"You can't just leave (the baby) on the doorstep," Miguez said. "You have to leave it with somebody."

Suzanne Hobbs, communications director for the National Safe Haven Alliance, said Safe Haven Laws makes every hospital, police station and fire station a place where women can take a newborn baby and leave it without fear of being detained or arrested.
She said she's sympathetic to local law enforcement officials, who have make sure they understand what's happened before they can make a promise of no charges when safe havens aren't used. The priority now, she said, is to make sure the mother who abandoned the baby is safe.
Hobbs said educating members of the Hispanic community and the immigrant community, who may face language barriers or have concerns about being detained by police, is a priority.

"We want to reach out to the Hispanic population and the immigration community. In fact, so much of this is about the trust factor," Hobbs said.

Brian Schleter, spokesman for the county Department of Social Services, said child abandonment is rare in Anne Arundel.

The infant was found in the following items of clothing. Detectives are hoping someone will recognize these items:

 

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In Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations.

Designated Safe Haven locations in Anne Arundel County are:
Anne Arundel Medical Center
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401


University of MD Baltimore Washington Medical Center
301 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061-5899


Anne Arundel County – Police Stations
Annapolis Police Department
199 North Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401


Anne Arundel County Police Dept
8495 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108


Eastern District Headquarters
204 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122


Northern District Headquarters
939 Hammonds Lane
Baltimore, MD 21225


Western District Headquarters
8273 Telegraph Road
Odenton, MD 21113


Southern District Headquarters
35 Stepneys Lane
Edgewater, MD 21037


Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401


Maryland State Police
610 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401


Maryland State Police
6800 Aviation Blvd
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Taylor Pyles

Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

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