Thursday, Dec 25, 2014

Dead baby left at front door of Clearwater fire station

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CLEARWATER A dead baby was left on the doorstep of a fire station here this morning.

Firefighters discovered the white baby girl about 7:20 a.m. this morning at the front door of Fire Station 49, which is on Sky Harbor Drive, near the Clearwater Mall. They found the girl as they were going out to get the newspaper, said Elizabeth Watts, Clearwater’s public safety spokeswoman.

The girl was already dead, wrapped in a towel with her umbilical cord still attached, Watts said.

Investigators are trying to determine who dropped off the baby off and at what time, Watts said. They also want to know whether the girl was still alive when she was left at the fire station.

There were no outward signs of homicidal violence, Watts said. The medical examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy at 11:30 a.m. today.

The Florida Safe Haven law allows a person to drop off a baby that’s 7 days old or younger at a hospital or fire station, but the child actually needs to be handed over to an employee. That didn’t happen this morning. Firefighters were never alerted that the child was being left.


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