Teenage mother of abandoned newborn in Upper Darby is located, police say

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The mother of the newborn baby found on a porch Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police. However, mother and child will not be reunited, according to police.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says it was shortly after noon Tuesday when police got a call that an infant was left in front of a house on Englewood Street near West Chester Pike.

The baby girl, authorities say, was believed to be just hours old when she was located. The temperatures Tuesday afternoon had reached as high as 93 degrees. 

“The tragedy could have been that the baby died,” Chitwood said Tuesday. “It’s 93 degrees outside, it’s one o’clock in the afternoon, the baby’s wrapped in a blanket and put on a porch. 

The child, police say, had been rushed to Delaware County Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

On Friday, authorites announced the baby girl’s mother, a 15-year-old had been located.

Chitwood says the teenage mother never told her own parents that she was pregnant. He says the baby girl was born Tuesday morning, and then left on someone’s porch that afternoon.

He goes on to tell KYW Newsradio that charges are pending, but he’s sure nothing will come of this because the mother is a juvenile.

“There is a lot to this investigation I can’t comment on because she is 15-years-of age,” he said. “But she comes from a loving home and that’s all I can really talk about. I think she’s got a lot of support from her parents.”

READ: Upper Darby police searching for person who abandoned newborn baby on porch 

The baby is in stable condition and in the custody of the Children and Youth Services. 

Chitwood says the baby will end up foster care. He says the unfortunate part of this is that the infant, and her mother, had to go through the trauma in the first place.

Under Pennsylvania’s Unborn Protection Act, a newborn up to 28-days old can be dropped off at a hospital or police station, without any charges being filed.

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