A newborn girl was left abandoned in bushes outside a Texas apartment complex less than an hour after she was born.
The child was found on Thursday morning (10 August) when a nearby resident heard the baby's muffled cries.
Picture of abandoned newborn found outside Houston area apartment complex.
If you'd like to donate items for the baby or other CPS children, call Mary Votaw at 832-454-4163 or contact Be a Resource (BEAR) at 713-940-3087. He told the station that "she was there on the ground in the flower bed with ants".
The 21-year-old mother was taken into custody and is undergoing psychological and medical evaluations.
Roger Coreas, another resident in the apartments, said he was in shock, adding there is a hospital less than a block away down the road where the mother could have dropped off the baby. It's a miracle the child was found'.
And even worse, he said he saw "ants and stuff all over" the newborn's body.
"I'm in shock. There's a hospital, not even a block down the road and if the mother was so anxious about the infant's safety she could've easily gone to drop off the baby", resident Roger Coreas said. Initially, the occupants of the apartment at the end of the blood trail reportedly refused to answer the knocks at the door by the deputies.
Texas law does allow a person to legally give up a child.
A hearing was to be held on Friday as to who would get custody of the baby. According to officials, there is also a fire station near the apartment complex where the baby could have been dropped.
Your baby must be 60 days old or younger and unharmed and safe.
"That life is not something you can take for granted, it's making me tear up right now, that is really sick", neighbor Calvin Johnson, who has two newborn babies, told KHOU. The local prosecuting attorney is now considering charging the baby's mother on possibly multiple charges.