Abandoned newborn discovered by Texas family on hiking trail

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This weekend, a family walking on a trail in Texas made a surprising discovery when they spotted an abandoned newborn baby wrapped in a towel.

The baby found Saturday evening was “freshly born” and remnants of the umbilical cord were still present, authorities said.

The family immediately called emergency services.

The baby was in stable condition at a hospital in Katy, Texas, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

An “unknown male” had left the baby on a small bridge, the sheriff’s office said, but there was no suspect yet.

Around 9 a.m. local time, Daniela Fedele was walking on the trail with her husband, three-year-old daughter and their dogs when she spotted something.

“I noticed two little feet moving… and I screamed to my husband, ‘Oh my God, a baby, a baby!'” Fedele told local television station KHOU. Her husband quickly shouted for help.

She said they rushed to get the baby and found shade. Weather forecasts in the area show temperatures that day reaching a high of 96F (35.5C).

“This image came to mind over and over again,” Ms. Fedele said. “How can you do this?”

Texas’ Safe Haven Act, also known as the Baby Moses Law, allows parents who feel they cannot care for their baby to take them to a fire station, hospital or medical services station emergency. Babies surrendered under the law must be 60 days or younger and unharmed.

The sheriff’s office said after the baby was examined and treated by doctors, the Texas Child Protective Services agency would intervene.

The person who abandoned the baby could face charges of abandonment and child endangerment.

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