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Newborn Boy Tossed Out Car Window in Florida



Witness Rescues Child

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Feb. 11) - The county sheriff said Friday he hopes that the people who threw a newborn boy out of a moving car are feeling remorse and will come forward.

South Florida investigators are trying to identify the couple who threw the boy, believed to be less than an hour old, alongside a busy street Thursday afternoon, Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said.



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The baby only received minor injuries.
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The car then sped away.

The 8-pound, 2-ounce boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached, survived with minor injuries and was hospitalized in stable condition Friday.

"I would hope nature would take its course and they would feel the guilt of having abandoned this child, putting it at risk, and will come forward,'' Jenne told NBC's 'Today' show.

State law lets a mother leave a baby at any medical facility or fire station within three days of birth without any questions asked.

"That provides parents or women with an option. You don't have to just abandon your child in way that would endanger his or her life,'' said Veda Coleman-Wright, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

A woman stopped and found the baby inside a small plastic bag. She scooped him up and took him to a nearby sheriff's office, and he was transferred to Broward General Medical Center.

The good Samaritan, who originally thought the couple had thrown a puppy out the window, was "very distraught, very upset,'' Jenne said. The woman's name was not released.

Investigators are searching for a white, older-model large sedan that witnesses observed leaving the scene. The baby's rescuer told investigators she observed a man and woman arguing inside the vehicle. But she saw only the back of their heads, Jenne said, and could not provide a good description.


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Sheriff: Baby Never Tossed From Car After All
Sheriff Says 'Good Samaritan' Is Baby's Mother

POSTED: 7:52 am EST February 11, 2005
UPDATED: 2:53 pm EST February 11, 2005

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The newborn baby brought to a Broward County hospital on Thursday wasn't thrown out of a moving car after all, according to the county sheriff.


This newborn baby boy was tossed out of a car in Florida.


A Good Samaritan brought a newborn baby boy to Broward (County) General Medical Center on Thursday, saying she had found the baby alongside the road. But at a news conference Friday, Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said the Good Samaritan is the baby's mother, and the newborn was never thrown out of a car.

The 8-pound, 2-ounce boy boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached, is in good condition. Nurses at the hospital nicknamed the child Johnny.

"He's absolutely perfect," Jenne said.

The unidentified woman, who told police she originally thought a couple had thrown a puppy out a car window, said she stopped to help. The woman said she approached the package and it started to move. When she took a closer look, she said she discovered a baby inside a plastic bag.

She said she removed the baby from the bag, wrapped him in a towel, and drove him to the Broward Sheriff's Office. The baby than was taken to Broward (County) General Medical Center.

Jenne said the woman was "very distraught, very upset" when she brought the baby in.

The baby's rescuer told investigators she observed a black male driver with an Afro hairstyle and white female passenger with braids who were arguing inside the vehicle. But she said she saw only the back of their heads, Jenne said, and could not provide a good description.

State law allows a mother to take a baby to any medical facility or fire station within the first three days after the baby is born without any questions asked. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said that gives parents an option.
 

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The 8-pound, 2-ounce boy boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached, is in good condition. Nurses at the hospital nicknamed the child Johnny.

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They should have nicknamed him "Lucky".
 
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