Newborn baby found alive in plastic bag in Houston area

Deputies say umbilical cord was still attached, infant in "good condition"

Published On: Feb 20 2013 05:57:41 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2013 06:22:44 AM CST
Newborn found alive in plastic bag
CYPRESS, Texas -

Officials say a newborn is recovering at Texas Children's Hospital after someone discarded her on a curb outside an apartment complex Tuesday evening in the Houston area.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a 911 call from an apartment complex.

Officials said a resident of the complex discovered the newborn female wrapped inside of a plastic grocery bag while she was walking her dogs near a fence. The pets picked up on a scent coming from the bag.

Cy Creek Fire and Rescue responded to deputies, reporting that the infant is in good condition and breathing on her own.

The child still had about three inches of her umbilical cord attached, said officials.

"The infant is alive, appears in good health," said Sgt. Gordon Trott of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "Somebody had already cleaned up the child before placing the child on the curb."

Investigators said they are perplexed because Texas law allows anyone to drop off a newborn at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked and no legal ramifications.

As they look for a suspect, they are hailing the woman who found the child as a hero.

"If it had not of been for the resident that came out to walk her dogs, that child may have laid there all night, possibly would've died," said Sgt. Trott.

The infant was transported to Texas Children's Hospital for observation and medical evaluation.