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Newborn left at Andalusia hospital

ANDALUSIA (AP) — Police in Andalusia are seeking information about a newborn baby who was left at Andalusia Regional Hospital Friday afternoon.

Police Chief Wilbur Williams said the baby was wrapped in dirty beach towels, The Andalusia Star-News reported. A woman handed the baby to a nurse and said, "Safe harm, safe harm," before turning and walking out.

The woman looked about 30, had olive skin and wore her hair in a pony tail under a baseball cap. Williams said she is not believed to be the mother.

Williams said the baby still had the umbilical cord attached and is believed to be less than a day old. The child was transferred to Sacred Heart Women's and Children's Hospital.

The chief said the baby's body temperature was very low and she appeared to have had some oxygen deprivation. Her condition was not immediately known, but Williams said it is possible she suffered some brain damage.

If the baby survives, Williams said she would be given to DHR for placement.

Williams asked anyone with information about the baby's mother or the woman who brought her to the hospital to call police at 334-222-1155.


Information from: The Andalusia Star-News,

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