Authorities have located the mother of a newborn girl who was found last week in the backyard of an Indiana home.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Monday that investigators discovered the baby’s mother was a local teenager. Because she is a juvenile, no further details will be released, Buncich said.
The infant, who had been left for hours under a broiling sun, was found a week ago by 9-year-old Elysia Laub, who spied the baby wrapped in a towel near a creek in her backyard.
The baby’s umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.
Elysia’s mother, Heidi, said the newborn was sunburned and there were maggots in the placenta and umbilical cord.
The 9-year-old ran for her mom after “I just saw pink legs kicking away,” she told NBC Chicago. I could not second-guess myself. I knew we had to get help.”
Heidi scooped up the child and ran for her house, yelling at her daughter to call 911.
They wrapped a blanket around the baby and waited for officers to arrive.
Sheriff’s deputies dubbed the infant “Miracle Jane Doe.”
She remains hospitalized for sunburn treatment and will be turned over to a foster family once she recovers, authorities said. A children’s services investigation is underway.