Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are seeking information from the public regarding a newborn baby found in a wooded area in Silver Spring.
Today at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from a man who had been walking on the sidewalk in the 10000 block of Tenbrook Drive when he heard a baby crying. He went to investigate the sound and found a naked baby approximately ten feet from the sidewalk in the woods.
The female newborn was transported to a local hospital where she is in stable condition.
The baby is possibly Hispanic and according to medical personnel at the hospital, was born a few hours before she was found.
Anyone with information about this baby is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 (press option 3).
The Police Department would like to remind residents of Maryland’s Safe Haven law:
From the Maryland Department of Human Resources:
What is Safe Haven?
“In Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations, some of which are listed below (click link ). A parent (or another adult with the approval of the mother) has up to 10 days from the birth to invoke Safe Haven anonymously and safely leave a baby with a responsible adult at a designated location. A person who invokes Safe Haven is immune from civil liability or criminal prosecution provided the child is unharmed. If you have questions about Maryland’s Safe Haven law, call the Department of Human Resources at 800-332-6347 or your local department of social services.”
-- News release from Montgomery County Police