Baby Abandoned on Front Steps of Church

The search is on in Edgecombe County for a mother who left her newborn on the front steps of a church.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department says a woman visiting her grandfather's grave at the McKendree Church on Highway 122 near Tarboro heard a baby crying, then found the infant on the steps, wrapped in a blanket.

The baby was taken to the hospital and appears to be in good health. Law enforcement officials say the safe haven law, where a parent can abandon a newborn, does not apply here because the infant needs to be left with an individual.