A newborn baby girl was found abandoned in a shopping bag in a church parking lot in northwest suburban Schaumburg Sunday afternoon.
A church member found a recyclable grocery bag containing a teddy bear and towel on their vehicle outside Gospel Presbyterian Church. When they brought the bag into the church, someone heard a noise attributed to the days-old, seven-pound infant girl also inside the bag and police and fire officials were contacted, NBC Chicago reports.
The baby, who is of Asian ethnicity, was said to be in good condition. Hospital officials say the infant girl was likely not born in a hospital due to the length of her unclamped umbilical cord, NBC reports.
State welfare officials will now take over custody of the child once she has been cleared medically, the Chicago Tribune reports. As churches are not among the locations allowed under the state's "safe haven" law -- which allows parents to abandon their child at a hospital, police station, fire station or emergency medical facility -- Schaumburg police are urging anyone with information about the baby or her mother to contact them at (847) 882-3534.
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