Police Search For Mom After South Carolina Infant Is Abandoned in Bathroom Stall

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Authorities in Chesterfield, South Carolina are desperately searching for the mother of an infant that was found in a bathroom stall at a local government building. Shortly after 5 p.m. On December 30th, an employee at the Chesterfield County Health Department discovered a newborn baby girl on the floor of a bathroom stall.

Newborn abandoned in bathroom stall of health department

Eric R. Hewett, Chesterfield Chief of Police said, “We have been searching for the baby girl’s mother, father or someone who may have information about this child.” Hewett said that the infant was wearing clothes and was wrapped in a blanket before being placed on the floor, saying, “She was placed in a stall next to a toilet on the floor. She was wrapped up very securely.” After the discovery, the child was taken to a nearby hospital, where medical staff estimated that she was biracial, two to three days old, and that the mother likely did not give birth at a medical facility, based on the lack of evidence of a heel stick test, and the condition and appearance of her navel.

Hewett said that police are worried about the baby’s mother, saying, “That’s one of our biggest concerns right now. The whereabouts and the welfare of the mother.” He believes that she could possibly be a victim of some kind of incident. Authorities contacted hospitals in nearby counties to see if the mom may have turned up there, but the search turned up no leads. The little one received a clean bill of health, and is currently in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

According to Hewett, this case does not fall under Daniel’s Law, a state law that gives parents the option of giving up their newborns and avoiding prosecution. The law only applies if the child is handed over to an employee or staff member at any law enforcement agency, fire station, hospital, emergency medical station, or a staffed church or house of worship.

If anyone has information on this case, please contact authorities at 843-623-2419.

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Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom who spends her days chasing around the never-ending ball of energy that is her son. By night you can find her at her computer, drafting up her next great blog post about parenting with chronic illnesses. She is also an avid photographer and jewelry artisan. She is the founder of the Fibromyalgia support website, www.fibro.me, where Fibromyalgia patients can go to gain support, learn how to advocate for themselves, and spread awareness of this still relatively unheard of condition.

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  1. dawn says:

    Has anyone thought that this mother may have thought that she was leaving the baby under Daniel’s Law?
    The South Carolina Baby Safe Haven Law does include:

    Hospital
    EMS Provider
    Fire Station
    Law Enforcement Agency
    Worship Center

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