Baby found in plastic bag believed to be hours old


Police believe a newborn Latino girl was only hours old when she was found Tuesday afternoon in a plastic grocery bag on the city’s southeast side.

Seymour Police Department Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster said it’s unclear how long the newborn had been left near a fence row in the 600 block of South Jackson Park Drive.

“I don’t think we can tell how long she was there when she was found, but I just know that she was a few hours old,” he said this morning.

Foster said the update on the newborn’s condition is positive.

“She’s doing well at Schneck Medical Center,” he said.

Police are interviewing a man who may have information in the case, police said.

The girl was found near the fence row about 20 feet from the roadway by a person walking their dog. Police were called to the area at 3:49 p.m.

“From what I understand, the dog kind of led them to that area,” Foster said.

When officers arrived, they were able to determine the newborn was alive and healthy. She was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where she was examined.

Foster said police are still trying to find out who the newborn belongs to.

“We do not know where either of the parents are,” he said. “We are still digging.”

Indiana Department of Child Services will handle arrangements for the girl after she is released from the hospital, Foster said.

Foster wrote in a news release Tuesday evening that the department wants to remind residents that the city has a Safe Haven Baby Box at Seymour Fire Station 3, 605 Meadowbrook Drive. It became available to residents in June.

The box allows babies to be surrendered, and first responders will be notified immediately. The box can only be opened by medical personnel, Foster said.

No one has been arrested at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Seymour Police Department at 812-522-1234. Reports can be made anonymously.

Original post, 11:39 a.m. This story may be updated.

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