Police locate parents of newborn found abandoned at Colo. Springs apartment complex
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Police say they located the parents of a baby girl who was found abandoned near a dumpster at the Rosemont at Shadow Grove apartment complex in Colorado Springs around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Someone called 911 and reported finding the baby in the dumpster, though police say there are conflicting reports about how and exactly where the little girl was discovered.
The baby was taken to Memorial Central hospital and was awake, alert, and stable according to police.
Donna Campbell, a resident at the apartment complex says, “I was told there was a baby found in the dumpster wrapped in its mother’s hospital gown so it sounds like it could be a newborn.”
Police did not confirm what the child was wearing, or the girl’s exact age.
Around 8:00 p.m. investigators entered a second floor apartment across from the dumpster and began taking photos and collecting evidence.
Police confirmed they have located and spoken with the parents of the baby girl, but did not say if any arrests have been made.
Colorado has what’s called a ‘safe haven’ law passed in 2000 that allows a parent to hand over and infant, up to 72-hours-old, to an employee at any fire station or hospital, with absolutely no questions asked.
So long as the baby is unharmed, the parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment.