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Fort Bragg police search for woman who abandoned baby

Posted July 9, 2009
Updated July 12, 2009

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— Fort Bragg police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the mother of a baby who was left on a doorstep Thursday in the Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood on post.

A resident of the house and a neighbor found the boy, who is 3 to 6 days old, at about 4 p.m. Thursday after hearing him cry, police said. The white baby, whose umbilical cord was still attached, was taken to Womack Army Medical Center, where he was in good condition Friday, police said.

A woman with dirty blond, medium-length hair, who is believed to be in her early 20s, was seen Thursday afternoon in the Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood – it's between Longstreet Road and Sicily Drive – carrying what appeared to be a bundle, police said. Investigators said they weren't sure if the woman was the baby's mother, but they wanted to talk to her.

Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood at Fort Bragg Infant left on doorstep of Bragg home

"We're asking the public to help us identify who the mother could be so we can find out, does this child have any medical history or medical problems that we need to be aware of," Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum said. "The child is at Womack due to the medical concerns of the child."

The child eventually will be turned over to the Child Protective Services unit of the Department of Social Services.

The mother will face federal child abandonment or child abuse charges, police said.

North Carolina has a safe surrender law for mothers of newborns to abandon their children without penalty, but the infant must be no more than 7 days old and must be left with a responsible adult, such as a health care worker, a law enforcement officer, a social worker or an emergency medical worker.

"A front porch of a house is not a responsible adult," McCollum said.

Police aren't sure whether the woman lives on post or has any connection to the military, he said. Civilians can gain access to Fort Bragg by showing photo identification.

"Right now, there's nothing leading us to believe this is a soldier," he said.

Anyone with information on the identity of the mother is asked to call Fort Bragg’s military police at 910-907-4817.

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  • Meeya2Sweet Jul 10, 2009

    i mean its amazing how they wanna go through all the trouble looking for this woman when there are more worser crimes than this in the world to be focused on. I agree that she did the right thing by not killing the baby and maybe she didnt want her identity known...and how could they possibily say this person was in their 20's this couldve been a teen girl who was scared or something...but some people really need to stop finding flaws in people we all have done wrong no ones perfect and im glad the baby is in a safe place

  • MizzZeta Jul 10, 2009

    I'm not able to have children, Professor, but I love them. I am a professional educator so I know just a little about children. What kind of parent are you?

  • teacher-mom Jul 10, 2009

    I do not understand why people do not use birth control. THey can go to the health department and get it for free I think.

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    don't know anything about the mother, but I'd gladly take the baby! =)

    And what kind of mother are you?

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    Where is the father in this story...

    There when the baby was being conceived. Now gone, heavens no where. In his old age he will have regrets. :(

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    Isn't it better to PREVENT this sort of thing? ...than to have unwanted children left at doorsteps? Does anyone disagree that the mother should have had & used birthcontrol?

    Really now? Did you? I would bet not; and yet you have the nerve to critize someone else. Look in the mirror and see your own mistakes before questioning or judging someone else.

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    but the infant must be left at a hospital, fire department or other official location where it can be cared for.

    But she did leave it at at place where someone was home and found the baby. She needs help not punishment.

  • busyb97 Jul 10, 2009

    "But they are looking for her for her safty. She could bleed to death or get an infection. They are looking for her not for crimal charges, but her well being."

    They said in the article they plan to charge her. And maybe she just didnt' know the details of the Safe Haven law- and just thought leaving it on someone's door would suffice- or was afraid to go to a hospital/fire, etc to leave the baby. More likely to get caught.

    I agree with others- she tried to do the right thing and it turned out well so far, leave her alone.

  • Supie Jul 10, 2009

    I'm glad she dropped the child off at a church. If they find her they can offer help to see if she can be rehabilitated to become a good mother, but in the meantime she is now identified as being a risky parent, and the child is safe.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 10, 2009

    Isn't it better to PREVENT this sort of thing? ...than to have unwanted children left at doorsteps? Does anyone disagree that the mother should have had & used birthcontrol?

    And what about overpopulation? Can our planet, with its finite resources, continue to sustain increased humans INfinitely? Should we just continue to breed with no thought?

    And, Banker Mommy, according to this site from childwelfare.gov (http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/censr-6.pdf), 24% of adopted children are under 6. Many are older because they are often in the foster system so long. Add in the 30,000 children that starve to death on this planet every day and it's fair to say that we can't keep up with all the chilren who are born.

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