Newborn found on doorstep at apartment complex where another baby was left 2 years ago

Sonja Haller

Police want answers after a mother abandoned her 1-day-old baby on an Orlando apartment doorstep wrapped only in a T-shirt. 

Curiously, it's the same apartment building where a baby girl was deserted two years earlier. 

Orlando Police continue to search for the mother who gave birth to a baby boy who appeared in good health on July 19.

Any connection between the mother and the apartment occupants is being investigated, Orlando police said in an email to USA TODAY.   

'Incomprehensible'

The apartment residents said they weren't even aware a baby was outside. 

"It's incomprehensible to me," said Althea Brown who was at work when she received a call from a neighbor about a baby crying, she told ABC7 Sarasota - WWSB. "I don't know if it's a neighbor or not or if it was just somebody that decided to use this place as their escape.

"I don't know who it is. I don't know who did what, so I don't know what's in their head."

Clive Petgrave, who also lives at the home where the baby was found, told the Orlando Sentinel that he didn't see the baby either, but only heard about the baby after police awoke him by knocking on his door. They asked whether he knew anyone pregnant. "I said no," he said.  

The baby that was abandoned in 2017 at the same complex was found in good health and fully clothed. It's not known whether authorities ever found the infant girl's parents.

The most recent baby discovered was turned over to state authorities, Orlando police said.

Anonymous, without risk of criminal charges

Under Florida's Safe Haven Law, the mother could have taken her son to a hospital or a fire station without risking criminal charges. The newborn may be given to a staff member on duty.

All states have some form of a Safe Haven law, which in many cases allow a parent to relinquish newborns to authorities anonymously. Since 2004, more than 4,000 infants have benefited

Anyone with information on the Orlando baby can call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Orlando Police found a 1-day-old infant wrapped in T-shirt on doorstep