UPDATE: News 12 First at Five/ July 23, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga.--A newborn is in the hospital after EMT's respond to a suspicious 911 call about an abandoned baby. EMT's and deputies arrived to find a baby boy, wrapped in towels in the parking lot behind the Masonic Lodge on Wrightsboro Rd.
Mike Cordova says he was on his way to work when he saw chaos behind the Lodge.
He says, "I saw two sheriff's cars and an ambulance here. I didn't know what was going on."
He later found out EMT's were responding to a call about an abandoned baby, born just a few hours earlier.
Cordova says, "It's probably someone young and scared who doesn't have the resources to raise a child or something like that."
A report says the woman who made the 911 call was on scene. She told first responders she found the baby behind the building laying on the ground. The report says the woman left the scene and walked into an apartment nearby.
After Gold Cross took the baby to the hospital, deputies interviewed the woman again. She told them she was actually the mother of the child. She said she gave birth around 5:00AM in the bathroom of her apartment, but could not care for the newborn.
Cordova says, "There's so many resources where someone can go if you're having the baby. Fire department, hospital, there's so many things you can do to take care of something like that."
A lot of states have laws in place called Safe Haven Laws, designed to protect unwanted babies from being hurt or killed because they were abandoned.
In Georgia, Safe Haven laws allow a mother to leave her baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center or birthing center in Georgia, but in South Carolina, the law goes a little further.
You can leave your baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital, emergency medical services provider, law enforcement agency, fire station, or worship center in South Carolina.
The baby was taken to GRU for treatment and is expected to be fine. As for the mother, deputies say no charges will be filed, but DFCS is handling the case from here.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- EMS responded to a call about a baby in the Masonic Lodge parking lot, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
The incident happened on Wednesday on the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road, EMS confirmed.
The mother of the baby called the Sheriff's Office about the child and EMS found her later on, the Sheriff's Office said. The mother told EMS she had the baby two hours earlier and didn't know what to do with it.
Charges are not being filed against the mother, the Sheriff's Office said. No word on how the baby is doing.
Safe Haven Laws:
You can leave your baby, up to 30 days old, with an employee on duty at any hospital, emergency medical services provider, law enforcement agency, fire station or any worship center in South Carolina.
The child's mother may leave her baby, up to 7 days old, with an employee of any medical facility including any hospital, institutional infirmary, health center or birthing center in Georgia