Abandoned baby given a name, a panda bear Nurses call him Carl

mother being sought

August 01, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The newborn boy who was found abandoned Monday morning behind a gas station now has a name.

Nurses at Sinai Hospital tentatively named the infant Carl, after Carla Bryant, a housekeeper in the neonatal intensive-care unit who bought the infant a stuffed panda bear.

Bryant, who has worked at Sinai for eight months and has five children of her own, said she was touched by the infant's precarious situation as soon as he was brought to the hospital. "He was all by himself," she said. "It kind of grabbed my heart."

Merchants at Reisterstown Road Plaza, near where Carl was found, plan to give him baby items. The hospital will ask for blankets and a mobile for Carl's crib.

Carl could have an infection and will remain at Sinai for seven more days, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.

City police returned yesterday to the Crown station in the 4500 block of W. Northern Parkway where the baby was found, trying to find anyone who might have seen the mother or anything suspicious.

Doctors say the infant was a few hours old when he was found about 8: 15 a.m. He was wrapped in a blanket, was cold and had lost a considerable amount of blood, doctors said Tuesday. He was described as a "full-term, healthy baby boy" weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

"We are urging anyone who has any information to come forward," said Detective Tyrone Francis of the missing-persons unit. "Their anonymity will be guaranteed."

A witness reported seeing a white woman walking away from the gas station, but officials have not been able to determine the race of the infant, whose skin is pale.

Police said the mother could be charged with child abandonment and child abuse. But Francis said the paramount concern is the health of the child. Doctors need to know the mother's medical history to offer the best care.

Paul Umansky, a Sinai spokesman, said Carl is being treated with antibiotics. He said doctors are concerned because of the infant's low red blood cell count but that the baby was taken off oxygen yesterday and from all accounts is doing fine.

"He's being carried and held by the nurses for some human comfort," Umansky said.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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