Abandoned newborn baby girl found outside Polk County mobile home park, deputies say

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the mother of a baby who was abandoned early Saturday morning in a small hill outside Mobile Home Park in Polk County.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, at about 1:45 a.m., sheriffs went out to the Regal Loop Mobile Home Park just off Bailey Road to investigate reports of crying babies.

When the deputy arrived, he found the baby girl wrapped in a blanket. She was still attached to the placenta.

Polk County firefighters said the baby’s temperature showed the girl was born about an hour before she was found. The infant was taken to a local hospital and is reported to be in good health and stable.

Nighttime temperatures in Mulberry were in the low 50s.

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The PCSO used K-9 units, drones, air units and bloodhounds to try to locate the baby’s mother. Lawmakers have also started door-to-door for her, but have yet to find her.

“It was by the grace of God that we found an abandoned baby girl before she was exposed to cold and animals. She looks great,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Florida’s Safe Haven Law, enacted in 2000, allows parents to bring unharmed newborns (less than 1 week old) to a Safe Haven facility (hospital or appropriately staffed EMS/Fire Department), anonymously, and charged. You can store it without fear of being stolen.

If you have information about this baby’s mother, please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863-298-6200.

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