Dead newborn found outside Clearwater fire station - WFLA News Channel 8

Dead newborn found outside Clearwater fire station

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Two killed, two injured in Tampa park shooting

    Two killed, two injured in Tampa park shooting

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:49:18 GMT
    Two people was killed and two injured in a shooting at Al Barnes Park on 32nd Street in east Tampa on Sunday.Tampa police officers responded to the scene of the multiple shooting at 2902 N. 32nd St. shortly after 5 p.m.The two people who were injured were taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.Officers are on the scene questioning eyewitnesses.Stay with WFLA.com for updates.
    Two people was killed and two injured in a shooting at Al Barnes Park on 32nd Street in east Tampa on Sunday.Tampa police officers responded to the scene of the multiple shooting at 2902 N. 32nd St. shortly after 5 p.m.The two people who were injured were taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.Officers are on the scene questioning eyewitnesses.Stay with WFLA.com for updates.
  • On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

    On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:22:57 GMT
    In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.
    In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.
  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:12:56 GMT
    Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN) Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of Colorado cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment. (Source: MGN)
    The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.
    Revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the skies above a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

    VIRAL VIDEO: Selfie Captures Man Getting Kicked By Train Engineer

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:46:32 GMT
    A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
    A video posted to YouTube showing a man getting kicked in the head by a person on a passing train has gone viral.
  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

    Opening may be delayed for newest Busch Gardens ride

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:18:47 GMT
    The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday.
    The opening of the newest ride at Busch Gardens has been delayed, the park tweeted Friday.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.