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Tragically, a newborn child has been found dead in a backpack near a Phoenix hotel.

Live Action reports:

Police are reminding Arizona residents of the state’s Safe Haven laws after a newborn baby girl was found dead in a backpack in the bushes near a Phoenix hotel.

At approximately 6:30 in the morning on May 28, police were called to 25th and Peoria Avenues with reports of a child found. When they arrived, they found the backpack with the infant inside. “It appears to be a brand-new baby,” Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told ABC15. “It’s difficult to respond to these type of calls.”

For now, there are no clues as to what happened to the newborn — if she was deceased before or after being put into the backpack. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office will investigate, but in the meantime, officers are talking to witnesses and looking over surveillance footage.

“I can’t make any assumptions on what the parent of the child is going through or why this happened,” Fortune said to AZFamily. “Obviously the location of where the infant has been located is concerning. We want to make sure our detectives have the opportunity to work through the scene.”

Just a half of a mile from the hotel where the newborn’s body was found is a Safe Haven location at a fire station where parents can legally and anonymously surrender newborn babies up to three days after birth. Heather Burner, the board chair for Arizona Safe Baby Haven, told AZFamily that she wishes the baby could have been saved.

“I think it’s just so sad because it’s two people that are impacted today,” she said. “It’s not just the baby which I’m so sad for that huge loss of life, but this is a trauma for that mother too.”

“There are so many safe options, and people there that confidentially help provide for those needs,” Burner said in an interview with ABC15. “Giving the time for a parent in crisis to make a decision, not based on the crisis they’re in, and not emotionally responding. When they do surrender, using the law or choosing to make an adoption plan, or receiving the resources to parent, we know that, in the midst of whatever crisis they’re going through, they truly do love their children.”

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DONNA MARIE KELLEY
DONNA MARIE KELLEY
5 months ago

RIGHT SHE LOVED THE BABY SO MUCH, IS THAT WHY SHE STUCK IT IN A BACKPACK TO DIE. IF SHE LOVED IT SO MUCH WHY DID SHE NOT TAKE IT AND GIVE IT TO SOMEONE THAT WOULD TRULY LOVE IT AND SAVE IT. SHE PROBABLY COULDN’T WAIT TO GET RID OF IT SO SHE COULD CLEAN UP AND GO MAKE ANOTHER. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS ON THE MARKET TO KEEP A PERSON FROM GETTING PREGNANT. SHE HAD NINE MONTHS TO FIND HELP, NINE MONTHS TO FIND THAT BABY GIRL A PERSON TO LOVE HER AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER. NOT STUFF HER IN A PACKPAC AND ALLOW HER TO DIE. IF THEY FIND HER SHE NEEDS TO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER AND PAY A PRICE FOR ALLOWING IT TO END THIS WAY.

Alvina Sedwick
Alvina Sedwick
5 months ago

I Totally agree, a loving mother doesn’t do what this woman did as their are many familys looking to adopt. She could of gotten help

Paul Otts
Paul Otts
5 months ago

You are making an assumption that the baby was alive before being put in that backpack.

carefugee
carefugee
5 months ago

You couldn’t have said it any better. I hope they find/prosecute her.

Marina
Marina
5 months ago

These girls need to keep their legs crossed to STOP climate change.

Paul Otts
Paul Otts
5 months ago

Before punishing the individual they may determine placed the baby, they should first determine whether the baby was still-born.