Teen mother who abandoned newborn turns herself into police

By Dave Andrusko

Photo credit: Upper Darby police

On July 30, when police found a baby girl wrapped in a little white blanket, her umbilical cord still attached, on a porch in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, she was the fourth abandoned newborn in recent weeks, according to CNN. Other babies were left in Georgia and two in California, one of whom died.

It was 93 degrees a week ago today when the baby was found.

Police immediately took to social media to try to find the baby’s mother.

“This adorable, hours-old newborn was left abandoned, alone. We need help locating the parents to get them the assistance that they need,” Upper Darby Police tweeted. “Mom, if you’re reading this, call us.”

And late last week, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told reporters, including Kevin Tustin, that

police have spoken with the 15-year-old girl, who allegedly admitted to leaving her hours-old infant wrapped in a blanket on a side entrance of a home in the 100 block of Englewood Road Tuesday morning. Endangering the welfare of a child charge will likely be filed in Juvenile Court, preventing police from publicly disclosing her name.

The girl and her parents were interviewed by police Friday at their headquarters.

Chitwood said judging by the parents’ response, they did not know their daughter was pregnant.

The girl could have taken advantage of Pennsylvania’s “The Newborn Protection Act (Safe Haven)” law. Under its provisions, “a parent of a newborn may leave a child in the care of a hospital or a police officer at a police station without being criminally liable, as long as the child is no older than 28 days and is not harmed,” according to police.

Tustin writes that Chitwood said the story started a week ago Monday

or early Tuesday when the baby was born inside the girl’s parents’ home. The baby’s umbilical cord was reportedly cut in the bathroom. In the morning, the baby was cleaned up and wrapped in a towel and blanket and was taken to the home on Englewood, where she was left alone in the summer heat. The baby was discovered by a resident in the home early Tuesday afternoon and the police were called.

The baby girl, who is doing well, has been placed into foster care.

A neighbor, Terrell Phillips, told CNN affiliate WPVI that he found the baby girl on the porch of his neighbor Tom Dailey.

“Once I came out and saw the white towel, I didn’t pay it no mind. But once I saw a little arm, I thought it was some sort of animal or something,” said Terrell Phillips.

Once he realized it was an infant, he contacted the owner of the home where the baby was found.

“I said it’s not my baby, I don’t know anything about this baby. So I just called the cops,” Thomas Daley said.