A tiny infant boy appears to be doing well after he was abandoned in a graveyard last month in the Philippines.
Two-month-old Louis was found between two tombs on May 28 in the graveyard in Quezon, the Philippines, the Daily Mail reports. Local residents said they heard him crying and came to his rescue.
“A neighbor found the boy when they heard them crying,” local resident Angel Castillo told reporters. “They ran back to their home to fetch help and a group of people went to pick up the baby.
“There are lots of stray dogs and rodents in the cemetery. If he was hurt or sick, there would be nobody there to help him. It’s just through the grace of God that he is safe now,” he said.
Louis was taken to a local hospital where doctors treated him; he remains in government custody and appears to be doing well. Doctors said baby Louis probably was in the cemetery for several hours before he was found on the morning of May 28.
Police said they have identified his mother as Lara Sentillas. She was arrested and likely will be charged with infant abandonment, according to police.
In the United States and a number of other countries, there are laws in place that allow desperate mothers to safely give up their babies, rather than abandon them. It is unclear if the Philippines has any such law.
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Safe 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. Between 2004 and 2011, about 50 infants in Texas were surrendered under its safe haven law, according to the Dallas Morning News. The United States does not keep statistics about the number of babies saved through safe haven laws, though experts estimate the number to be in the thousands.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or visit www.SafeHavenLaw.com.