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."
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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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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."