CPS says abandoned baby safe in foster care, Lubbock police cont - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

CPS says abandoned baby safe in foster care, Lubbock police continue to investigate

Police say the baby was found in a driveway near 22nd and Akron (source: KCBD video) Police say the baby was found in a driveway near 22nd and Akron (source: KCBD video)
Police want to remind the public of the Texas Safe Haven law (source: KCBD video) Police want to remind the public of the Texas Safe Haven law (source: KCBD video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

CPS tells us a newborn baby found abandoned in Lubbock on Monday morning is now safe in foster care.

But Lubbock police say the investigation into who left the baby boy in the driveway of a Tech Terrace house is just beginning.

Detectives with the Lubbock Police Department continue to speak with neighbors and search for clues as to who left the baby. But they say they need the public's help.

Police say they believe the baby is at least seven days old.

They say the baby was found in a driveway Monday morning by a woman walking to her car in the Tech Terrace neighborhood near 22nd and Akron.

According to the police report, the baby was found wrapped in a blanket inside a clear plastic container. A package of diapers was also left in the container.

Police say they may consider releasing a picture of the newborn to get the public's help in tracking down a possible relative.

However, they say the main priority is that the baby is safe right now.

"The child is in safe hands, and so there is no real rush to get that picture out there. So we're going to take our time. Detectives are going to do a diligent job of working it until they come to a conclusion. And if they don't come to one then we'll at that point reconsider and release the photo," Lt. Ray Mendoza said.

Police say because the newborn was not left at a Safe Haven, the person responsible could face charges of abandoning and endangering a child.

Right now, they cannot say whether charges will be filed or not, until they find out why the baby wasn't left at a Safe Haven.

"We really need to find the parent for that reason, to find out exactly what transpired. If she has a valid excuse or a valid reason for leaving the child in such a place, maybe there were other details that we're not aware of. Then absolutely, you know there's different avenues that we could take," Lt. Mendoza said.

Police urge anyone with information to call Crime Line at 741-1000.

You can remain anonymous.

And Lubbock Police want to remind the public about the Texas Safe Haven Law.

In the state of Texas, you can leave a baby up to 60 days old with an employee on duty at hospital, places that provide emergency medical services or a child welfare agency.

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