A baby, only a few hours old, was found abandoned in the grass of the Woodside Houses on Broadway Sunday night, according to the New York Police Department.
The baby girl was found at 11:27 p.m. swaddled in pillowcases. The police were called and the child was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where she remains in stable condition.
Her parents’ whereabouts are undetermined.
Under New York’s Safe Haven Law the parents could have left their newborn within five days of the birth at a hospital or fire station without risk of prosecution.
“A parent may anonymously surrender an unwanted newborn infant to personnel in a safe place — such as a hospital, a police station or a fire station — without repercussions,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last year, in reaction to a child being left in a trash can in Elmhurst Hospital.
In that case the child did not survive. The mother was sentenced to 10 years in prison.