|The baby girl was found on the grassy area to the left of the photo (Google Streetview)|
It can't be said enough: Illinois has a Safe Haven Law specifically so newborn babies can be saved from fates like this. If you know someone who is scared and pregnant, please let her know. This is it in a nutshell:
Illinois law says that as long as you don't harm your baby, you can hand your newborn (30 days old or younger) to personnel at any hospital, police station or staffed fire station in Illinois for adoption with no questions asked.Both the high-rise at 850 Eastwood and Uplift School have security cameras in the area, but the high-rise's camera didn't capture the images. Police are looking into video footage from the school.
No one will ask your name. Your baby will get medical care and be adopted into a loving family. You can even provide anonymous medical information, so your baby will grow up with a medical history.
It's just heartbreaking that the person who abandoned her didn't walk a block to Weiss Hospital, where the baby could have been surrendered and saved.
It brings to mind the sad case of Baby Wilson, whose 15-year-old mother tied him in plastic bags and tossed him from the window of her home, where he was found by a passerby. She didn't know about the Safe Haven Law, and there is a fire station where she could have turned in the baby boy only a few blocks from her home. We need to start telling kids, over and over again, that they had an option besides abandoning their babies.
If you want to learn more, if you're pregnant and scared to let people know, please call this number: 888-510-BABY. They can help you.
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