EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSAbandoned Baby Found On Doorstep In Huntington
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Reported by: Dave Benton
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Also Contributing: Heath Harrison, Mamie Buoy, Dan Matics
Reported: Sep. 15, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 15, 2013 11:39 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A newborn was left on the steps outside of a Huntington home Saturday.
After the shocking discovery, police were turning their attention to the mother of the child, hoping to find her and get her the medical attention she needs.
Rachel Bostic heard a knock on the door of her 11th Street home just after 9 p.m.
She said when she opened the door, she found a newborn, wrapped in a beach towel, on her front porch, along with a note.
The note asked her to care for the small baby. The infant was taken to the hospital.
The baby continues to recover and is said to be doing well.
“I was watching the game, and I heard three loud bangs on the door,” Bostic said. “I didn't answer it. Then, I heard the baby crying.
Bostic opened the door to her home near Ritter Park and found the newborn baby boy at her feet.
“He was lying on the step of my front door in beach towel,” Bostic said. “I opened the door, scooped him up and a note fell out.”
Bostic said the note read, “My mommy cannot take care of me. I know you can give me a good home and you’ll love me. When I get older, will you please tell me my mommy loved me very much?”
Bostic took the child inside her home, called 911 and kept him warm until police arrived.
“It was heartbreaking,” she said. “I’m just glad she chose to leave him here, instead of somewhere no one would find him. Now he has a fighting chance.”
The mother of the child is unknown, but neighbor Rita Cooper said she believes she saw her leaving after dropping off the child.
“I did see an African American girl walking down the brick road,” Cooper said. “She was kind of turning, looking towards me and looking back towards the house. It just felt odd to me.”
Police said they don't want to arrest the mother, but seek to help her.
The baby is in good condition, and is now in intensive care at Cabell Huntington Hospital under evaluation.
The child will then go to Child Protective Services and will likely be placed in foster care.
As for the mother, she is not facing criminal charges. Police want to find and help her, since she probably needs medical attention.
If a mother doesn't think she's able to take care of a child, there is a safe haven law in West Virginia.
That law permits mothers to drop their babies off at a hospital or health care facility, no questions asked, before they are 30 days old, and there will be no legal ramifications.
If parents aren't familiar with safe haven, they do have other options.
The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is always trying to educate the public about options for adoption.
Huntington police are investigating after a baby was found abandoned on a doorstep.
Dispatchers said the baby was found around 9:15 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 1200 block of 11th Street.
We have a crew working on this story. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more information.
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