Police in Wales are searching for the mother of a newborn girl who was abandoned at a bus stop last week.
The Daily Star reports police released a photo of the baby girl who appears to be doing well after a week in the hospital.
Daniel Braxton, who was driving by at about 7:15 a.m. last Tuesday, said he saw the newborn naked on the ground by the bus stop and the Magpie and Stump public house in Towyn, Conwy in Wales.
A father of two, Braxton said his parental instincts kicked in, and he immediately stopped to help the “near-lifeless” infant. He said he performed CPR and called emergency services.
“I had a dressing gown in the car and ran to grab that, wrapped the baby up, gave her some good hard rubs on the chest and the head,” Braxton said. “To be honest, I think the fatherly instinct and the adrenaline kicked in because my daughter was hysterical and my partner was hysterical.
“So it was just a case of as soon as I saw her lying there, her naked little body just left on cold concrete, I knew something had to be done,” he said.
Police said the girl had been born recently; she was naked and her umbilical cord still was attached when Braxton found her.
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Police released a photo of the baby girl this week with hopes of finding her mother.
“We are concerned about the health of the mother of the baby girl and are appealing for her to come forward by contacting me,” said Helen Douglas, spokesperson for North Wales Police. “Likewise if you are a concerned friend, relative or neighbor of the mother you can also contact me on the same number.”
In the United States, all 50 states have safe haven laws to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. Save haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions. Several European and Asian countries also have safe haven laws or other protections in place for newborns and women in crisis.
However, many people are not aware of these laws.
A key leader of safe haven awareness is Monica Kelsey, whose mother left her at a safe haven when she was a baby. Kelsey is one of approximately 3,000 babies who have been saved through safe havens in the U.S. According to The Safe Haven Alliance, 13 babies in Indiana were abandoned at safe havens since the state law took effect in 2000.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-877-796-HOPE or go to www.SafeHavenLaw.com.