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No charges against mom who left newborn on porch at New Bern housing complex

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 2:54 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 1:28 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities say there will be no charges filed in the case of a mother who left her newborn baby girl at a New Bern public housing complex.

The infant was found back on July 17th at Craven Terrace.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said the baby was left under the state’s “safe surrender” law. It says an infant up to seven days old can legally be left with a responsible adult.

Thomas said it turns out the mother left her daughter with someone she knew very well. He said the infant was in good physical condition and had no medical issues.

“The mother remained with the infant until the person took possession of the infant. At no time was the infant left alone, abandoned, or in danger. Nearby cameraS confirm that the infant was not alone at any time and was safely surrendered to a responsible adult.”

The next day police identified the mother and Thomas said she has cooperated with their investigation.

The baby was turned over to the Department of Social Services.

JULY 20TH STORY

Police say they have identified the mother of a newborn who was found on the porch at a New Bern public housing complex Friday afternoon.

The name of the mother is not being released because of her age, but police say she is safe and healthy.

Officers say a resident called them around 12:45 p.m. Friday to say the infant appeared to have been discarded on a porch at Craven Terrace.

Police say the District Attorney’s Office is being consulted for possible charges.

The baby is in good condition and is with the Department of Social Services.

At the time, the heat index was 95 degrees in New Bern.

JULY 17TH STORY

Police in New Bern are trying to find out who left a newborn child on a porch in a public housing complex Friday afternoon.

Police say a resident called them around 12:45 p.m. to say the infant appeared to have been discarded on a porch at Craven Terrace.

The baby was born within the last 24 hours and was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center. Officers say the baby is in good condition.

At the time, the heat index was 95 degrees in New Bern.

Anyone who knows who the mother is or any other information should call New Bern police.

This comes less than a day after a baby boy was discovered in a garbage bag in Wilmington. That baby was covered in blood with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

A woman walking her dog heard noises coming from a blue trash bin and discovered the newborn.

The baby was rushed to the hospital and survived.

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