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UPDATE: Dead Baby Found at Fire Station, Clearwater Officials Say

The discovery was made Friday morning at Fire Station 49 on Sky Harbor Drive.

CLEARWATER, FL -- Updated, 3:55 p.m.:

An autopsy is still ongoing to determine the infant's cause of death, officials said Friday afternoon. The results would not be immediately available.

Clearwater Police detectives were reviewing area surveillance video to determine if there are any leads on who may have left the baby at the fire station.

Officials said they believe the child was less than a day old.

Anyone with information about the case or who knows of a woman "who was recently pregnant and is no longer pregnant and is now without a child" is asked to contact police at 727-562-4200 or the Tip Line at 727-562-4422. Anonymous tips can also be sent by text message to 847411 (tip411) or submitted through the department's website, clearwaterpolice.org, or Facebook page.

 

Updated, 10:17 a.m.:

Investigators say they don't know when the baby girl was left at the front door of Fire Station 49, or if it was already alive or dead at that time.

Firefighters discovered the baby around 7:20 a.m. when they opened the front door to go out and get the paper. The newborn still had her umbilical cord attached and was wrapped in a towel, public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said.

There were "no outward signs of homicidal violence," Watts said. An autopsy is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Under the Florida Safe Haven law, a person can bring a baby, 7 days old or
younger, to a fire station or other designated Safe Haven location and turn it
over to an employee.  "In this case, that did not happen," Watts said in a media release. "Firefighters were never alerted that the child was being left."

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Earlier:

Clearwater firefighters made a gruesome discovery Friday morning, officials say — a dead baby girl at the front door of their fire station.

The infant was already dead when firefighters found it around 7:20 Friday morning at Fire Station 49 at 565 Sky Harbor Dr., public safety spokesperson Elizabeth Watts said.

Officials don't know who left the baby or when, Watts said.

Clearwater Police are on the scene conducting a death investigation. No further details were immediately available.

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Diana Smith March 15, 2013 at 01:32 PM
As many adults who cant have children, and are on a waiting list, all this mother had to do was contact an adoption agency. There is no excuse for this. I hope you find who did this and put her away.
Donna Carroll Erlandson March 15, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Diana, we have not "walked in her shoes". We have no idea what she was going through during her pregnancy and delivery. In fact, I feel as if she delivered this baby on her own. True, the baby girl is gone now, and a lot of people are on waiting lists to receive a new born. For some reason, we don't know why, this baby girl was meant to be found by the firefighters. I am very sure that they feel as bad as all of us feel reading this article. I, personally, get this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I do know one thing. That baby girl is in HEAVEN right now and is being cared for royally. As for the mother, she will be found eventually and I am sure she will have a "battery of tests" made on her to see if she is mentally stable. The whole thing is very, very SAD.
Opinionated...sometimes March 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Yes very sad....this girl knew enough to go to he firestation but was too scared to knock on the door.....we really need to educate people and teach them not to be afraid. Also she may not have known she was pregnant and unpectedly delivered...ever think of that There are so many scenarios we can;t condem what we do not know All we can do is pray for both the mother and baby......Amen
InsiderMyself March 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Well if she is under age, she may have parents that she did not believe would see her through this. Women are led to believe they can just drop the baby off. She probably birthed it herself, and dropped it off. If she was hiding this pregnancy, hence the adoption wishful thinking, the baby was probably having trouble. Why find her? She tried to do the right thing. Adoption is NOT an answer if your Mother thinks she can control everything. The Times had a story not long ago on this topic. A minor asked her mother what she would do if she ever turned up pregnant, knowing she already was. Mom told her it would "ruin" her life! She was accepted to university! So she hid the pregnancy. She birthed it on the bathroom floor, then strangled it until it was dead. She put it in a box under her bed until mom found it! She did not know what to do, but the parent already scared her beyond asking for parental help. The mother actually said, "I thought I could control everything". I learned I cannot control the timing of a delivery, I had a job, and it happened while I was not at home!". So much for control. Now, she is off to jail instead of college. Talk about a life ruined. You are quick to assume all women have someone to turn to. Sometimes, parents tell you the opposite to put fear in you. This is a tragedy. Why find her? I want others to be able to do drop their baby off, without fearing YOU ALL want to find her. Gads...

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