Authorities presume that the woman gave birth inside the airport facilities and then abandoned the baby.
An airport employee found the baby on Sunday night January 14 at a changing table. The newborn had been cleaned and was wrapped in a blanket, according to authorities at the airport, as Fox reported.
The firefighters and the police of the airport evaluated the state of the baby, they found him in good health conditions, but he was transferred to a local hospital to receive the necessary care, according to ABC.
The security cameras of the building recorded a woman who was descending from a flight and carrying a baby in her arms. Then she is seen entering the bathroom and then leaving with nothing in her hands.
She appeared to be a little over 20 years old and had dark hair. The note she left behind was made public by the airport employees. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
“Please help me. My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities and find me a good home.”
, Feb 8, 2018.
One of the detail that mostly shocked the authorities is that within the bathroom in question were found clothes stained with blood and bodily fluids, which leads them to believe that the woman may have given birth in there.
The case attracted national attention before it was forgotten by the media, but on June 15 KVOA reported that the mother of the child had been found, although no charges were made against her.
According to the source, prosecutors found “insufficient evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
In 2001, Arizona passed the Safe Baby Have law for parents to abandon newborn babies at specific points such as fire stations or hospitals without facing criminal charges, but an airport restroom is not listed as a safe location.
Nevertheless, the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation has previously worked with the Tucson Airport fire department to instruct the staff about how to proceed when finding an abandoned newborn at the station. Since the approval of the law, 36 babies had been safely relinquished by their parents, with similar laws across the US are credited with saving the lives of 40.000 newborns.
The issue of babies been abandoned by their parents who are not willing or able to care for them is as old as humanity, with stories about it appearing in the Bible.
This law tries to find a way for the children not to suffer any harm by designating safe places allowing the parents to leave the children without fearing legal consequences. Unfortunately, in many places, babies are still being left in unsanitary and dangerous circumstances, with only a few lucky ones being rescued unharmed.
Such was the case of a newborn left in a public bathroom located on a busy street in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok. The child was nude and his umbilical cord was still attached to him.
The country’s authorities started an investigation to find and prosecute the baby’s parents.