Baby Found in Shoe Box Update

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

A baby found abandoned on a doorstep in Franklin is in "great" condition today.

The child was found in a shoebox on the doorstep of an empty duplex apartment at 1038 Bowling Green Road.

The Simpson County Sheriff's Department said two children who live in the adjoining apartments found the baby and told their parents.

The family is Hispanic and doesn't speak English, so a friend helped them transport the little boy to Franklin's Medical Center.

This afternoon Franklin district court ordered that social services has the authority to place the baby in foster care

Simpson County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Rigg said they are still investigating the situation and currently have no leads in the case but they have collected DNA evidence from the baby for future testing.

This isn't the first time a baby was found abandoned in Kentucky but not all of them are as lucky as baby John Doe.

You might recall back in 1996 when a dead baby was found while a driver was emptying his daily trash load at Monarch Environmental in Bowling Green.

Bowling Green Police Department victim advocate, April Fulcher said abandoners do have other options.

Cases like John Doe's are why Kentucky passed the Thomas J. Burch Safe Infants Act in 2003, which protects both innocent babies and their abandoners.

Fulcher said abandoners can also fill out an anonymous medical information form when they drop the child off in one of the designated safe places but she hopes people don't even get to that point.

Fulcher said the resources available range from pregnancy care to financial assistance.


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