SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield police are looking for the public’s help in locating the birth mother of a baby found abandoned.
“You only see this on Lifetime movies, like this is a movie. I’m living a movie right now,” said Juliannys Aviles of Springfield.
Aviles and her husband came home Sunday evening to a car seat placed on their front porch. Inside was an infant, cold and crying.
“When I took the blanket off the baby, his feet were super red and swollen and his skin was all cracked. And then I touched him, he was like super cold, so I re-wrapped him until the ambulance got here,” said Aviles.
According to the Springfield Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, the newborn baby boy was likely abandoned between 9 p.m. Friday and 12:40 a.m. Saturday morning.
“What our detectives are looking for is some public help, to find out who this mother is. As of right now the mother is unknown,” said Walsh.
The newborn was taken to Baystate Medical Center and has made a positive recovery.
The police are asking residents on or in the area of Entrybrook Drive to check cameras that could be suspicious over the past week. If you do find something, call the Springfield Police Detectives at 413-787-6355.
If you have any information about the mother, who may be in need of medical attention, are asked to contact the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355, or anonymously Text-A-Tip. to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7), type SOLVE and your tip.
Baby Safe Haven
The Safe Haven Act of Massachusetts (2004) allows a parent to legally surrender newborn infants 7 days old or younger at a hospital, police station, or manned fire station without facing criminal prosecution.
“If you do choose to drop an infant off at a firehouse or a police station, please knock on the door. No questions asked, we’re not judgmental or anything like that, we just want to make sure that everybody’s safe,” said Springfield Fire Captain Drew Piemonte.