Parents sought after infant found abandoned in St. Louis-area apartment building

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 6:32 PM

ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV) – Police are searching for the parents of an infant who was found abandoned in an apartment hallway in Breckenridge Hills early Friday morning.

According to authorities, a resident of the Hickory Trace Apartments in the 3500 block of DeHart Place called 9-1-1 after they found a baby boy abandoned in the hallway.

The child, believed to be less than a year old, was still secured in a child safety seat and was holding a full bottle.

The boy was transported to DePaul Hospital as a precaution. He’s expected to be okay.

Breckenridge Hill Police are actively investigating and call the case confusing. They are still working to determine who the boy’s parents are and who left him at the complex.

“As soon as we locate the parents or the guardian, then we can begin the investigation as to how the child actually arrived at the location where it was located,” said Det. Jeff Heisse with the Breckenridge Hills Police Department.

Residents at the Hickory Trace Apartments were baffled.

“It actually does hurt. It’s shocking that a parent would leave their child because I couldn’t think about leaving mine,” said one resident.

Police say there are several vacant apartments in the building where the child was found. Residents of the building tell police they’ve never seen the child and are not sure how long it was alone before being found.

“It was obviously well taken care of,” said Det. Heisse. “It was dressed properly, it was dressed nicely. No injuries, no signs of malnutrition, dehydrations, anything that you would normally associate a child that has been abused.”

The Department of Family Services was notified and took custody of the child.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call the Breckenridge Hills Police Department as soon as possible.

 

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