By Dave Andrusko
The Michigan man who found an abandoned five-hour-old baby on the side of a dirt road says, “I feel that we were led to that place, OK, because it was out of the ordinary for me to come in this direction.”
Jeff Pope added, “I tend to think it was God led us this way, that all life is precious to Him.”
The instrument God used was Mr. Pope’s Labrador, Bobby. On Monday, a little after 10:00 am, Bobby pulled Kopp down the road in White Cloud and toward a satellite dish. Kopp initially thought what he saw was a rabbit.
Bobby began sniffing the “rabbit.”
“Then it moved,” Kopp told WOOD TV. “That’s when I started yelling.”
Yesterday, a family court referee in Newaygo County granted the State of Michigan emergency custody of the as-yet unnamed baby girl, who is currently at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
WZZM-TV reported that a Department of Human Services (DHS) worker “said the child will probably be in the hospital for a few more days because she is having trouble with her blood sugar. The baby is also still on an IV and will need to be transferred to bottle feeding before she can leave the hospital.”
Two unnamed relatives of the 14-year-old mother have expressed interest to DHS, WZZM reported, “in either taking temporary custody of the baby or possibly eventually adopting her. The Department of Human Services attempts to place children with relatives if that is found to be a suitable arrangement.”
The DHS worker told the court that after allegedly placing the naked baby on the ground across the street from her house, she went home and fell asleep. The DHS worker said the mother have given birth on a blanket near a fire pit outside of her home that she shares with her father.
As NRL News Today reported Wednesday, it turned out that the young girl reportedly was watching as neighbors found her daughter. She then approached the scene.
“This was just bizarre to me but she looked at us and she said, ‘You know, I am almost 15 years old and if I ever had a baby, I surely would not do something like that,’” Pam Kopp told WZZM.
WZZM also reported:
“The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the situation. When deputies first arrived at the teen’s home Monday, they found her father attempting to clean blood from the bathroom of the house. The blood had apparently been brought inside when the teen brought a blanket inside after giving birth. Deputies found dried blood on the 14 year old’s legs as well.
“When DHS workers initially talked with the 14-year-old, she said she didn’t know whose baby it was. Then she later admitted the baby was hers. She did name a male who she says is the father of the child, however when that male was questioned by detectives, he denied having intercourse with the teenage girl.
“Once the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department completes its investigation, the case will go to the Newaygo County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration.”