A mother is under arrest after a baby was found abandoned on the side in Maryland over the weekend.
Stephanie Jones said she her Pasadena neighbors came knocking on her door at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday to ask if she knew who an unattended baby belonged to. The child was found sitting on this residential road near the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue.
"Oh my God. I can't believe this," Jones said.
Baby formula sat on the roadway Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said there was a diaper bag left behind. Police said the car carrier the child was found in had scratches on it, indicative of the carrier falling out of a moving vehicle.
Anne Arundel County Police held a news conference Sunday saying a woman who had been identified as the child's mother, turned herself in. This came after seeing several posts on social media by police of the child and her parents wanted.
By Sunday afternoon, there were still several unanswered questions as police work to confirm whether the mother was even with the child Saturday night or how this could have happened.
A local pastor, Bishop Raymond Showell and his wife made the discovery driving by last night. His neighbor told WUSA 9, at first he thought it was a box.
"[I] was just thinking that this is what the world has coming to, they're not as really concerned as we should be,” Showell said.
The state of Maryland does have Safe Haven laws, but they apply to certain locations such as churches, hospitals and fire houses.
"You can't leave a two-two-three month old on the side of a road unattended period. End of story,” Anne Arundel County Police Lt. T.J. Smith said. “So it would be serious charges if you got to a point where someone did that on purpose, and I don't know any other way you could do something like that. But we aren't at that point yet."
While the investigation continues, police are thankful this was not worse. \
"If a car had came up the road, it sure would've ran over it,” neighbor Alice Burton said.
Burton is the one who called 911, the neighbors trying to help protect the child until police came.
"We stood out here till the neighbor who lives down the street kind of blocked her, cause it was dark, so none of the cars would hit her when they came down the street,” Jones said. “We just all stood right here and watched her."
"The baby just cried so hard. It's a shame people do something like that,” Burton said.
The infant was treated at a nearby hospital for dehydration and released into Child Protective Services for the time being.
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