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Newborn Baby Abandoned Outside In Shopping Cart In 103 Degree Heat

The baby, who still had its umbilical cord attached, was left in a parking lot just feet away from a safe haven.

A 7-pound newborn baby girl was found abandoned, wrapped in a blanket inside of a backpack of a shopping cart, and left in a parking lot outside a grocery store in Tempe, Arizona. According to a CBS affiliate, it was 103 degrees in Tempe at that hour when the baby was found by somebody walking through the parking lot.

The baby was taken to the hospital Sunday night and is currently in good health. Police said the baby still had its umbilical cord attached.

"We know the baby was abandoned but to every action, there is a story behind it," said Det. Lily Duran. "We want to know that [story] because we don't know the circumstances behind this."

Tempe police are asking for the public's help identifying the baby girl and encourage anyone with information to contact them at 480-350-8311.

The girl was abandoned just feet away from a safe haven. A fire station was just across the street from the grocery store.

"There's a certain amount of frustration that all they had to do was walk 50 feet away to the fire station, give us the child, no questions asked. We'd have taken care of that baby," said Paul Nies, the assistant chief for the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department in the CBS affiliate report.

A grocery store representative shared the following statement, according to NBC26:

“This is a tragic situation but we’re thankful that the baby was found healthy. Everyone involved reacted swiftly with the needs of the child as the top priority. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our shoppers and their families."

[Tempe Police Department]

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