Mother of Abandoned Baby Located

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010  |  Updated 8:51 AM CDT
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The mother of a baby left at a police station on New Year's Day has been located, police said late Monday.

No details of the mother's identity were released.

The child, a hispanic girl approximately six months of age, was left Friday at the Grand Crossing District police station, at 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave., about 3 p.m. in a black and silver Trend Expedition stroller, police said.

"Jane Doe," as police are calling her, was wearing a pink jacket with butterflies and was wrapped in a multi-colored Winnie the Pooh blanket. 

Police said two witnesses saw a woman who appeared to be 18 to 24, dressed in a black jacket and top, dark blue skinny jeans, a black skull cap and wearing boots with white fluffy fur trim come briefly inside with the stroller. She mumbled something to the effect of that she had forgotten something and that she would be "right back" but she never returned, according to police.

Given Jane Doe's age, her abandonment was illegal.  Illinois' Safe Haven law only allows children up to 30 days old to be left with personnel at designated safe havens like hospitals.

Area 2 police officers are continuing their investigation.

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