Newborn found alive on side of road with cord still attached

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A baby girl is alive and in fair condition after she was discovered abandoned on the side of a dirt road, just hours after being born.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, a man walking his dog discovered the infant in the 500 block of West Marion Road, south of Diamond Lake.

"I was taking my dog for a walk and he went to pull me toward some bushes," recalled Jeffrey Kopp. "I went to see what he was pulling towards and there was a baby in the bushes. At first I thought it was a rock but it was a newborn. The umbilical cord was still hooked to it."

Kopp said the baby was not crying and in plain sight under a satellite dish. Newaygo County Sheriff's deputies say she had some bumps and bruises but was breathing. They estimate the infant was less than six hours old.

"I just couldn't believe anybody would leave a baby like that," Kopp said.

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Neighbors say the mother is 14 years old and lives nearby on the street. She and the child are hospitalized in fair condition at Gerber Hospital in Fremont.

The mother is not currently in custody; it's not yet clear if she will face charges.

Under Michigan's safe haven law, a person can anonymously surrender an infant within 72 hours of birth to an emergency service provider, like a hospital, police, or fire station.


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