Mother abandons infant on doorstep in Annapolis

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 23:27:42-04

A newborn was abandoned around 6:37 a.m. in the 2000 block of Forest Drive Friday.

Police found the baby wrapped in a purple shirt and Adidas track jacket. The baby was transported to a local hospital for care, but appears to be in good health.

Malik Carroll, just 14-year-old, was headed to play basketball when he came upon the newborn boy.

"When I looked at the baby it had a little dried blood so I could still tell the baby was a newborn, I was shocked," said Carroll.

Police are urging the mother to come forth so that she may receive medical attention.

The baby was left on the front steps of the Carroll home. Pastor Carroll and his son Malik were surprised.

"I was nervous for the baby.  The baby didn't look like anything was wrong with it but you never know, a newborn baby just left out here, you never know what could've been wrong with it," Malik said.

"I got to hold the baby and my wife sent me to the store to get a bottle because we thought the baby was hungry," Carroll said.

Under the Safe Haven Law, a parent who is unable or unwilling to care for a child may give them up safely. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations.

"The baby appears to be in good health it was obviously cared for when it was left," said Corporal Amy Miguez of the Annapolis Police Department.  The worry for us is what the mother is going through both medically from just having birth and also and maybe she's a victim of a crime."  

The Carrolls are happy the baby is safe and hopes the mother is found safely. 

"We live in a society where people have a lot of problems.  We don't know the reason why this happened.  We're not here to judge the person at least the person left the baby in a safe place," Carroll said.

Child social services has been called in to assist with this case.

Anyone with information about the identity of the mother or about her whereabouts is urged to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439