911 CALL: Woman misleads police about finding baby in shopping cart

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. (May 17):

A 911 call was released after a woman reported she and a friend found an infant in a shopping cart at the Englewood Walmart.  But it was later determined the newborn belonged to one of the women, who said they no longer wanted the child, police said.

“I’m at the Walmart in Englewood and my friend, she found a baby in a cart,” the caller told police.  “He’s like a newborn.”

The caller told police they took the baby out of the cart and put it into their car, because of the hot temperatures.

Police said no charges are expected, because of the Safe Haven Law.

INITIAL REPORT:

A woman and her friend told police they found a baby in a shopping cart at the Englewood Walmart. But after officers responded they determined the woman gave birth to the baby the day before and didn’t want to keep it, according to police.

Baby found in shopping cart

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Englewood police responded to the store, 7725 Hoke Road, around 1:45 p.m.  after receiving a 911 call and found the baby boy with the umbilical cord still attached to the placenta, which was in a plastic bag, Englewood police Sgt. Mike Lang said.

Lang said the mother, 20, of Trotwood, gave birth to the boy yesterday afternoon, and prior to arriving at the Walmart today, she sat in the parking lot of the urgent care across the street, but never went inside.

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The woman told police she did not want to keep the child, so officers took custody of the infant and transported him to Dayton Children’s Hospital for treatment.  

The baby was doing well Tuesday evening and children’s services are also involved in the case, Lang said.

The mother also was said to be in good health, Lang said.

No charges are expected in the case, according to investigators.

Ohio has the Safe Haven Law for newborns to help parents who aren’t ready to raise a child. 

The Safe Haven Law allows a birth parent to leave an infant (up to 30 days old) with:

  • a medical worker in a hospital
  • a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service organization
  • a peace officer at a law enforcement agency

According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, only the birth parent (mother or father) can take a child to a Safe Haven. The law provides protection from prosecution only for the child 's parents.

If the infant is left with a person at one of these places, and has not been abused, the parent will face no legal consequences for making this choice.

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