ABORTION IS LEGAL, but This Beautiful Baby was Dumped in a Walmart bag
The beautiful baby dumped in a Walmart bag: Adorable pictures of tiny Chloe as cops search for mother who abandoned her
- Chloe was found dumped in the street by a dog walker last week
- Doctors believe she was just a few hours old
- She is now in foster care and a judge will decide her future next week
- Authorities are looking for her parents so they can find out medical history
A baby who was found dumped in the street in a Walmart plastic bag last week has now been released from hospital, as authorities continue to search for her family.
The newborn, named Chloe by hospital staff in Houston, Texas, is now a week old and even has her first tooth - which she showed off to photographers as she smiled for cameras on Monday.
She was found outside an apartment complex on Tuesday last week after a woman's dog picked up on a scent and led her to a bag, where she made the startling discovery.
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Bundle of joy: Baby Chloe smiles a week after she was found dumped in a plastic bag in Houston
Paramedics took the young girl, who still had about three inches of umbilical court attacked to her stomach, to Texas Children's Hospital, where she was listed as in good condition.
'She was very healthy… didn't have a fever,' Estella Olguin with the Child Protective Services told KHOU. 'Fortunately, she did not suffer from being exposed to the elements that evening.'
CPS is now looking for the girl's mother or father; Olguin said they do not have to claim the baby but that a discussion with them would be useful to identify Chloe's family's medical history.
Abandoned: Child Protective Services is now looking for her parents so they know her medical history
Content: The newborn has been placed in foster care and a judge will decide her future next week
'So the person who is adopting this baby can have some more genetic family medical background on the baby to be able to raise her with more knowledge or information about her,' Olguin said.
Chloe will be cared for in a foster home as CPS continues the search. A hearing will be held on her behalf on March 4, and a judge will decide her fate, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Her early tooth is a genetic trait and could be a clue to tracking down the family, doctors said.
Sgt Gordon Trott, of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, said an unnamed woman walking her pet at around 7pm came across a Walmart bag left near the fence surrounding the Stonegate Villas Apartments in the 11000 block of Grant Road in the Cypress section of Houston
Rough start: A newborn baby girl, seen in the circle inside the ambulance, was discovered alive inside a plastic bag left outside a housing complex in Houston
According to Trott, the woman's dog picked up a scent and led her to the bag. At first, the pet owner thought that someone had dumped a dead animal, but when she opened the parcel, she was surprised to find a little girl inside.
According to officials, the child was naked, but her body temperature was normal, suggesting that she had not been outside for a long time.
Her umbilical cord had not been clamped, but someone made sure to clean her up after birth.
Officials with the Harris County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit said they have few leads since there are no surveillance cameras in the area where the newborn was abandoned.
'If it had not of been for the resident that came out to walk her dogs, that child may have laid there all night, possibly would've died,' said Trott.