Police identify mother of newborn baby found in car at Grand Rapids hospital

Newborn left in car at a hospital in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A man returning to his car at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital found a baby inside.

The investigation began as officers responded around 9:45 a.m. Monday, June 12, to the hospital, according to a Grand Rapids Police Department news release.

The man, a guest at the hospital, returned to his car and found the infant. Police say the baby appears to be a newborn child, born within the past 72 hours.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services dictates that parents are allowed to "safely surrender their newborn child no more than 72 hours old to an employee who is inside and on duty at any hospital, fire department, police station, or by calling 911."

Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Terry Dixon reiterated that the child was found inside a car, not handed over to a hospital employee.

The baby has been medically checked and appears to be in good health. Police believe they have found the infant's mother, a 24 year old who might have known the owner of the vehicle where the baby was found.

Grand Rapids police's Family Services Team and Child Protective Services are investigating and charges are possible at a later date. 

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