Police are asking for help in finding the parents of a newborn baby girl who was abandoned in an infant carrier on the front lawn of a home in Mesa, Arizona, with her umbilical cord still attached, PEOPLE confirms.
Upon being found Wednesday around 11 a.m., the baby was quickly transported to hospital and is doing well. She appeared to be just hours old. A Mesa police spokesman said at a press conference that “things were still moist and damp from the birthing process.”
For now, police are calling her “Baby Jane.” She is a healthy, full-term baby, Hispanic or Native American, weighing 7 lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 50 centimeters in length, police said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
The baby was left in the front yard of James and Roseanne McCulloh, whose son was the first one to investigate the carrier are realize a baby was inside it.
“I touched her and she moved and I said, ‘She’s alive!’ ” Roseanne McCulloch told KNXV-TV. “I picked her up, and [the blanket] was all wet.”
McCulloch added: “She was a big baby. She was gorgeous. And whoever left her had already taken off the mucus, the membrane, off of her. I feel so bad for them because they must be in a situation where they felt they couldn’t continue to keep caring for the baby.”
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As the press conference, Mesa police Det. Steve Berry asked the public to speak out if they know anything about the parents of the baby.
“We’re hoping that someone knows a person who was pregnant, and today they’re not, and there’s no baby around,” he said. “We certainly think that someone out there knows who the mother of this child is.”
The abandonment is particularly odd since Arizona has a Baby Safe Haven law. That law gives new parents 72 hours to drop off a newborn at a hospital, fire station, adoption agency and some churches without fear of prosecution – anonymously, with no questions asked – if they feel they can’t take care of it.
Berry speculated that this mother might not have known about that law, but he emphasized that leaving a baby in this fashion is criminal behavior.
“Certainly the health and welfare of an infant, a newborn infant, is put in peril by leaving them like that,” he said.