Couple claims they are baby girl's grandparents

November 01, 1994|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Sun Staff Writer

City social services workers say they may have found the grandparents of "Baby Heather," the 1-year-old girl who was abandoned by her mother in South Baltimore in September.

After local media publicized the child's plight last week, a couple claiming to be the child's grandparents called social services.

The grandparents, whose names have not been released, indicated they have not seen Baby Heather's parents for some time, said Sue Fitzsimmons, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

The grandparents might be given custody of the child if they can prove their relationship to her.

"In a case like this, we try to explore family resources and try to make plans for the child. The parents are still legally responsible for the child, and we would like to talk to them," Ms. Fitzsimmons said.

A foster family is now caring for the child.

Baby Heather's mother, whom social services has been unable to locate, left the girl with a baby sitter and did not return for her in the 1500 block of Plum St. in South Baltimore.

The mother took her other two children, a 2-month-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, baby sitter Regina Hollobaugh said.

After the media detailed the search for Baby Heather's parents, some new information about her and her family began to emerge.

It included the mother's last-known residence on Everett Street and a report that she was headed to West Virginia.

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