A newborn baby girl is receiving medical attention after being found alone and covered in ants at an apartment complex in north Houston.
Around 5 a.m., a man at The Bridges of Cypress Creek apartment complex on Red Oak Drive was leaving for work when he heard crying noises coming from the bushes. The umbilical cord was still attached.
The baby girl was transported to the hospital for evaluation and is in good health, the Daily Mail reports. "He couldn't tell what it was, and then he looked and saw that it was a baby", said sheriff's office spokesman Jason Spencer.
Investigators told KHOU that deputies followed a trail of blood that led away from the child and to one of the apartments. "It's a miracle the child was found".
"When I seen her, I seen ants and stuff all over".
"I'm in shock. There's a hospital, not even a block down the road and if the mother was so anxious about the infant's safety she could've easily gone to drop off the baby", resident Roger Coreas said. The two people inside eventually opened the door and denied knowing anything about the baby, but later a 21-year-old woman admitted she was the mother, deputies said.
Man Finds Hours-Old Baby Abandoned, Covered In Ants
Investigators say the mother and another person are in custody and could face charges.
Child Protective Services is helping in the investigation.
Police estimated the baby to be about an hour hold when it was discovered. There is a Texas law that allows new parents, under certain conditions, to give up their child.
"It's shocking, it's frustrating at the same time, because if you just can't, can't do it". He says he can't imagine how someone could abandon a helpless infant.
This story is courtesy of KSAT 12's sister station KPRC in Houston.
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