Mother who left baby at hospital is located

County won't charge unidentified woman with abandonment

May 09, 2002|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

The woman who abandoned her newborn daughter under a restroom sink at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown last week has been found, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The identity of the woman, who was located Monday morning in Baltimore, was not released at her request.

"There will be no charges from Baltimore County in regards to child abandonment," said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a county police spokesman.

He added that the mother did not require medical care.

The 6-pound, 9 1/2 -ounce African-American girl, nicknamed "Rosie" by Northwest staff, was discovered May 1 by a security guard who was making evening rounds on the hospital's first floor. The baby was believed to be less than 24 hours old.

A note addressed to hospital staff was attached to the infant. In it, the mother identified herself as homeless and said she was unable to care for her daughter, police said.

The baby was evaluated in Northwest's emergency room before being transferred to Sinai Hospital, which has a neonatal intensive care unit.

Since being released from the hospital, the baby has been "well cared for in one of our foster homes," said Nick D'Alesandro, community liaison for the county's Department of Social Services.

D'Alesandro said his office will talk to the mother to determine what led her to abandon the child. Representatives from county social services also want to find out how able the woman and the father are to care for the child.

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