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Newborn Baby Found Behind Grocery Store

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    Newborn Baby Found Behind Danbury Grocery Store

    (Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017)

    A newborn baby boy was found behind a grocery store in Danbury Sunday night and police are investigating and trying to locate the mother.

    Danbury Police said they received a call about a baby found near a grocery store on Main Street around 11:38 p.m. Sunday. 

    The caller directed officers to the back of the Zaytuna Grocery Store, at 397 Main St., and first responders found the baby wrapped in several pieces of women's clothing, a statement from Danbury police says. 

    Medical personnel were called to the scene and evaluated the baby boy, who was then admitted to the neonatal care unit at Danbury Hospital. Police said Wednesday that the baby is expected to be OK.

    Sandy Gotthardt, a neighbor, said a detective told her the baby was only "a couple hours old" when he was dropped off Sunday night. 

    "I just hope whoever it is, they're able to find them and the baby is safe," Gotthardt said. "I just wish I was able to help more."

    The owner of Zaytuna Restaurant said the restaurant closes at 10 p.m., no one saw or heard anything and he's shocked and saddened to hear that a newborn was abandoned outside.

    Police are investigating and attempting to locate the boy's mother to determine that she is safe and unharmed.

    "The Danbury Police Department is concerned that the newborn baby boy's mother may need medical treatment or may require other services," a statement from Danbury police says.

    Anyone with information on the newborn or his mother are urged to call police at (203) 797-4662 or (203) 790-TIPS. 

    Connecticut's Safe Haven Act for Newborns indicates that a parent of an infant 30 days or younger can bring their baby to the nursing staff of an emergency room. For more information on the state's safe haven laws, click here