GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police say a baby boy is doing well after someone abandoned him at the backdoor of a Greensboro home Monday night.
Detectives are searching for a woman who they believe may have information regarding the infant.
Police estimate the baby, believed to be African-American or Hispanic, was between 10 and 12 hours old when a neighbor found him at the O’Ferrell Street home shortly before 8 p.m.
“This child was fireball red, flies all over it, blood was on the blanket, and there was a rock by the blanket so I assumed the worst,” Timothy George said. He discovered the baby after he went in his back yard to let his dogs out.
George said he thought he heard a cat’s meow, but when he peered over his fence, he saw the baby’s head and hair popping out of a blanket.
George called 911 and he and his wife went next door to check on the baby boy.
“My heart fell in my stomach. My husband, he didn’t know what to say. He turned pale. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing,” said George’s wife, Stephanie.
The Georges said the boy had on a diaper and clothes, but his umbilical cord was still attached.
Their neighbors came home as the Georges waited on paramedics. Stephanie George said her husband asked them if the baby found on their doorstep belonged to them.
“They were like, no. And my husband said someone left this baby in the back of your house and they were in shock just like we were,” Stephanie George said.
The couple is relieved to know the boy is alright, especially considering how hot it was Monday.
“It hurts to see a child suffering like that,” Timothy George said. “So young, so small, the tearing in the face, the redness, the flies – it’s a picture out of a movie, but it’s a reality.”
Witnesses reported seeing a woman leaving the scene that may have information regarding the incident.
The woman is described as a black or Hispanic female with reddish-brown hair. She was seen driving a 90s model white Honda Civic or Accord.
“Right now we don’t know who the child belongs to, so we’re trying to make every effort to identify who the mother is,” said Williams, pointing out the health of the mother is just as important as getting more information regarding the abandonment.
Police reported the infant was transported to the hospital by EMS. The infant is listed in good condition.
North Carolina is home to what is commonly referred to as the Safe Surrender Law. Mothers who feel they cannot care for their babies can turn them over to a responsible adult in a safe haven. This has to happen within seven days of birth, and the mother can do this anonymously without facing charges.
Under this law, the child is put up for adoption, but not before an effort is made to find the father. Mothers also have seven days to change their minds, and come back for the child.
Safe havens include police and fire stations, hospitals and some community centers. To read more about the Safe Surrender law, visit ncleg.net.
Anyone with more information regarding this case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 373-1000.