Newborn Baby Found Abandoned in Backpack Outside Grocery Store

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Authorities in Arizona found an abandoned newborn baby inside a backpack outside grocery store parking lot.

According to the Tempe Police Department, the girl was found Sunday evening in a shopping cart outside a local grocery store. Police say after she was discovered with a blanket inside a Jonas Brothers backpack, she was taken to an area hospital.

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Despite the 103-degree temperatures outside, the infant is reportedly in good health and has been placed in foster care. FOX News affiliate, KTUV report that police believe the girl was born within 24 hours of being found. According to the good Samaritan that found her, she had a portion of the umbilical cord still attached.

With safe haven laws across the country, Arizona allows a mother to leave her newborn baby at fire departments or hospitals without fear of criminal charges.

A photo of the baby was posted on the Tempe Police Department Facebook Wednesday, along with a photo of the Jonas Brothers backpack in which she was found.

“If you have information about this newborn’s identity, the identity of her parents or recognize this backpack police are asking you to please call Tempe Police at 480-350-8311,” the statement reads.


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Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.