The baby, who was born about an hour before she was found in January, had been wrapped in a blanket still attached to the placenta, authorities said
A couple has adopted a baby girl who was found abandoned in a wooded area of Florida in January, authorities announced.
“We have an exciting update to share with you,” police shared in an update on Wednesday.
The newborn baby, who weighed 6.5 lbs. at birth, was found in Mulberry on Jan. 28 just before 2 a.m. local time by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the agency said after the incident.
The baby was found in the Regal Loop Mobile Home Park, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said days after the discovery.
The sheriff’s office said that the child had been born about an hour before she was found and had been wrapped in a blanket that was still attached to the placenta. Temperatures that morning were in the 50s, authorities noted.
Magdalena Gregorio Ordonez and her 12-year-old daughter, Eulalia Gregorio, found the baby just outside their home, ABC affiliate WFTS previously reported. After hearing the cries, the girl was found lying in a thick brush on the ground.
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"I was really surprised that they left a poor little girl on the [ground]," Eulalia told the station. The girl was taken to a local hospital, and she was reported to be healthy and stable.
Florida's Safe Haven laws allow parents to leave unharmed newborns less than a week old at any Safe Haven facility, per the department.
Judd said at the time that the baby's mother could have faced charges. "We will hold her accountable because she left this child abandoned in the woods, ostensibly, to die," he said.
And despite an "extensive effort" to find the baby's biological mother, the woman has never been found, the sheriff’s office said on Wednesday.
Now, 10 months and 1 day later, the baby has officially been adopted, the department shared.
"We are thrilled to share with you these photos from this morning of this precious angel with her new mom and dad, along with PCSO's Detective Green and Sgt. Ryan," the sheriff's office said on Facebook.
“Mom & Dad wish to keep their names from being published, but they allowed us to share these photos with everyone who followed this child’s story and prayed for her well-being,” they added.
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