Details About Texas Baby 'Less Than An Hour Old' Found Crying In Bushes, Covered With Dirt And Ants

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The mother was located.

While on his way to work around 5 a.m. from his apartment complex in Houston, Texas, Albert Peterson heard what he thought to be a cat. He stopped, looked down and saw an abandoned newborn baby girl laying in a flower bed, covered with ants and debris, crying. 

Peterson took her back inside his home, cleaned her up and called the police. 

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"She was there on the ground in the flower bed with ants," he said, who found her in a grassy area in the complex. "She was covered from head to toe and all in her ears... She had a lot of strength too. She was fighting."

John Baldwin, another resident who saw Peterson find the child, recorded a video of the baby on the ground. 

"I was like 'Hey, there's a baby outside on the sidewalk," Baldwin said. "I was like, 'Call 911!'"

Police said the baby girl was less than an hour old. Her umbilical cord was still attached. 

Despite how she was found, police said she's in good condition and is being treated at Texas Children Hospital. 

While investigating the scene, detectives noticed a trail of blood and followed it a nearby apartment. When they first knocked on the door, the residents inside refused to answer. But after some persistent knocking, two people inside opened the door. They denied knowing anything about the baby. 

Later on, a 21-year-old woman admitted that she was the mother. Investigators said the child had been delivered inside the apartment, then took outside and dumped in the bushes. 

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She and a man inside the apartment were taken into custody. The mother is undergoing medical and psychological evaluations. Police said that if they neighbor hadn't noticed the child, she would have died. 

Child Protective Services said in a release that the baby will be taken into temporary custody while the agency looks for a relative who is willing to care for her. 

“I’m in shock. There’s a hospital, not even a block down the road and if the mother was so worried about the infant’s safety she could’ve easily gone to drop off the baby,” resident Roger Coreas said.

CPS encourages parents who are unable to care for their newborn to "to call the hotline (1-877-904-SAVE), or find a hospital, fire station or EMS station and give their child to an employee there."

Investigators said there is a fire station close to the apartment complex where the baby was born and found. 

“It’s shocking, it’s frustrating at the same time because if you just can’t, can’t do it. There are other ways of going about it,” resident Rontrell Lucas said. “If you feel like you just can’t do it, there’s someone out there that can.”