Newborn found in grocery bag doing fine at hospital

October 22, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

Someone wrapped the newborn baby boy in a blanket, stuffed him into a grocery bag and abandoned him in a West Baltimore apartment building. He did not have a name when he arrived at the University of Maryland Medical Center, but hospital staffers now refer to him as Michael Vincent, Marcus or Baby Moses.

The infant was discovered Tuesday night by a tenant in the apartment building in the 2000 block of Eutaw Place.

The tenant saw the bag in the hallway and became curious when it moved.

The full-term 6-pound-13-ounce boy still had his umbilical cord attached when he was discovered.

Police made a door-to-door check of the building, but the infant's mother was not found.

The effort to find her has stalled because police have not turned up any leads.

Yesterday, Timothy G. Parker, clinical instructor for the pediatrics department at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the infant had a "very good night" and was in good condition.

Physicians were initially concerned that the infant might have suffered from hypothermia after being abandoned in the cold hallway. But Mr. Parker said the baby's condition has stabilized and he could be released from the hospital within 48 to 72 hours and turned over to social service officials, who will try to find a foster home for him.

Meanwhile, the infant has been receiving "a lot of love from the nurses" who have brought clothes and toys, Mr. Parker said.

It is likely that social service officials will provide the boy with a legal name.

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