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Woman leaves newborn with stranger at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Authorities say a woman left her newborn with a stranger at Walt Disney World early Sunday morning. 

The baby was handed to a guest outside of the Animal Kingdom Lodge at about 2 a.m.

The guest walked into the lobby and told the staff an unknown woman had just handed her a child.

Reedy Creek Fire and Rescue Department took the newborn to Celebration Hospital, where deputies say the baby is in good health.

Deputies located the woman who handed the child to the guest and determined it was the newborn’s mother. She was taken to a facility for evaluation and treatment.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has been notified. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

In Florida, parents may relinquish newborns up to 7 days old at any hospital, emergency medical service station or fire station staffed with full-time emergency medical service technicians, paramedics or firefighters. 

To call the Florida Safe Haven helpline, dial  1-877-767-2229. For the National Helpline, call 1-844-767-2229.

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