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Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Crumrine and Det. Christopher Babb asked for the community's help locating the family of a newborn child found in Northeast Austin on Tuesday morning.

The Austin Police Department is looking for the mother of a newborn girl found in a Northeast Austin neighborhood on Tuesday.

"The child is safe," APD Sgt. Michael Crumrine said in a press conference on Tuesday. "The child is well."


While taking an early morning walk on Rotterham Drive, near the Walnut Creek Greenbelt, a good samaritan heard what sounded like an infant cry. The person followed the noise and discovered an abandoned infant near a community mailbox.

The person called 911, and police and EMS personnel responded. The infant was taken to a local hospital for an exam. Crumrine did not provide the name of the hospital.

During the exam, doctors estimated that the newborn was born within the past 12 hours and uncovered information that raised concerns about the health of her mother.

Crumrine did not answer questions about what these concerns might be or about the baby's race and ethnicity, citing HIPAA regulations.

"A child has come into this world and we know absolutely nothing about the family," he said. "We're very concerned, given the information that we have about the mother's wellbeing."

APD is asking for the community's help to identify the mother to ensure her wellbeing, Crumrine said.

"These are rare cases," he said.

Texas observes the "Baby Moses Law," which protects parents who abandon very young children at designated emergency infant care providers, such as fire stations and hospitals, from criminal prosecution.

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