Police Locate Teen Mother of Abandoned Newborn Who Was Found by 9-Year-Old in Indiana Backyard
The mother of a newborn baby girl who was found in the backyard of an Indiana home after having been left in the sun for hours has been located.
On Monday, Lowell, Indiana, Sheriff John Buncich announced that Special Victims Unit investigators located the mother, who is a local teenager. Because she is underage, no further details will be released, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to PEOPLE.
The baby, dubbed “Miracle Jane Doe” by police, was taken to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment. She remains under medical observation and is in good health, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
The infant will be transferred to a foster facility this week and the case has been turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) for further investigation.
The Indiana Department of Child Services could not provide additional information.
A 9-year-old girl found the infant wrapped in a towel with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached around 11 a.m. on July 11.
The girl, Elysia Laub, found the baby in a rural area near a creek in her backyard in Lowell.
“I just saw pink legs kicking away,” Elysia Laub told NBC Chicago “I knew it was alive and I knew we had something. I could not second-guess myself. I knew we had to get help.”
Elysia’s mother, Heidi Laub, called 911 to get help for the baby who she said was naked sunburned, crying and had maggots on her placenta and umbilical cord.
Temperatures in the area that day reached 90 degrees. It is unknown how long the baby was left outside in the heat, but a preliminary investigation indicated that it could have been several hours or even overnight, according to a statement from the Sherriff’s Department.