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Jacksonville police investigating abandoned baby

2:20 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an abandoned baby who was left outside a vacant apartment unit.

Police responded to the Huntington Apartments at 3333 Monument Road 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night. They found the baby, a black female, possibly biracial, wrapped only in a towel, according to a release from JSO Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda.

The baby was found outside unit 1112, which has been vacant since July. She is at a local hospital and doing well. She was only a few hours old when she was found, Bujeda said.

JSO is asking anyone with any information about this incident to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

According to Florida's Safe Haven Law, a child 7 days old or younger can be left at a fire station, emergency medical services station or hospital without any recourse.

In Duval County, 14 babies have been left at hospitals or staffed fire stations since the Safe Haven program began 12 years ago.

According to Nick Filverio, founder of the A Safe Haven for Newborns, this is the third baby that has been left in an unsafe place in Duval County.

Nineteen babies have been surrendered safely statewide so far in 2012 and 183 babies have been left in safe havens since the program began, Filverio said.

For more information on the program, call 1-877-767-BABY (2229) or visit the website: A Safe Haven For Newborns.

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