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Dead newborn found outside Clearwater fire station

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

When firefighters opened the front door to get the newspaper, they found a dead baby wrapped in a towel on the door step.
 
The baby, discovered about 7:20 a.m. Friday, still had the umbilical cord attached to her.

"This is a newborn, infant girl who was left outside in cold temperatures," said Clearwater Public Safety spokesperson, Elizabeth Watts. "We don't know what condition the baby was left in."
 
Under Florida's Safe Haven law, a baby who is seven days old or younger, can be turned over to an employee at a fire station or other designated location.

"You need to physically hand the baby over to someone, and in this case, that was not done," said Watts.
 
Clearwater police say that did not happen in this case. Investigators are trying to figure out what time the baby was dropped off and whether she was alive when they left her. There were no outward signs of foul play.
 
By Florida Safe Haven law; you can leave a baby, up to seven days old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a fire fighter at any fire station in Florida. City officials said in Friday's case, firefighters were never alerted about the child at the door.

Neighbors speculated why someone would have dropped a newborn off and left her in the cold.

"They're scared or they just don't care," said Shirley Mixon. "It just breaks my heart to see anyone leave a child that way."

An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause and time of death. Police are also reviewing surveillance video to see if they can get any leads that way.

Clearwater detectives are also asking for the public's help. If anyone knows of a woman who was recently pregnant, is now no longer pregnant and does not have a baby, they should contact Clearwater Police.

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