Abandoned Baby Found in Church Parking Lot

Church members found the baby inside a shopping bag Sunday afternoon

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    Members of Gospel Presbyterian Church found the newborn in a green recyclable grocery bag on top of their vehicle, police said.

    A newborn girl was found abandoned in a shopping bag Sunday afternoon in a northwest suburban church parking lot.

    Members of Gospel Presbyterian Church, at 210 S. Plum Grove Road, were returning to the lot around 2 p.m. Sunday when they saw a green recyclable grocery bag on their vehicle, Schaumburg police said.

    They found a teddy bear and towel inside and brought the bag back into the church, thinking another church member left the bag on their car, police said. Someone then heard a noise from inside the bag and found the infant.

    The days-old little girl, of Asian ethnicity and weighing seven pounds, was evaluated by the Schaumburg Fire Department and taken to a local hospital, where she is in good condition.

    Hospital officials told Schaumburg police the baby likely was not born in a hospital because of the length of unclamped umbilical cord. She appears to have been carried to full term, according to hospital officials and is in good health.

    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will take custody of the baby once she is released from the hospital, police said.

    Anybody with information about the baby or her mother is requested to call the Schaumburg Police Department Investigations Division at 847-882-3534.