Authorities in Florida are searching for the parents of three baby siblings who were abandoned at the same apartment complex over the course of four years, local police confirmed to Oxygen.com.
In 2016, 2017, and 2019, three different newborns were found abandoned on a doorstep at a local apartment complex, according to police records obtained by Oxygen.com. Following the discovery of the third child, a detective with the Orlando Police Department had the children’s DNA tested and found that all three were born to the same mother and father. This has prompted an effort by police to locate the children’s parents and ascertain if anyone in the family is in danger.
The third infant, a 1-day-old baby boy, was left wrapped in a T-shirt at Willow Key Apartments in Orlando. The baby was accompanied by a note suggesting that the mother gave up the child because she was in an abusive situation with the child’s father and feared for the baby’s safety, according to ABC 7 News.
The baby abandoned in 2017 was left with a similar note, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
In order to continue their investigation into the abandoned children, the Orlando Police Department requested $2,500 from the city in order to pay for genetic testing and hopefully track down the parents, police records show. The city approved that request on April 13, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Authorities are hoping to conduct a wellness check when the parents are found.
“Based on the egregious and neglectful behavior of the parent(s), and the bizarre facts of this case, unlike any other documented case, it is imperative to conduct a well-being check of all involved parties,” Detective Ghena W. Luker wrote in the request for funding, according to police records obtained by Oxygen.com.
In accordance with the Safe Haven law, individuals can legally leave an infant under 7 days old with officials at a fire station, hospital, or other such location without facing any legal repercussions, according to the Safe Haven website.
It is currently unclear if either of the parents will face any charges if and when they’re identified, with a spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department telling NBC News, “It's tricky ... it varies on a case-by-case basis.”
The investigation is ongoing, police said on Wednesday, April 22.
“We can confirm that all three infants in this case are siblings but can't comment any further, at this time, to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation” police told Oxygen.com. “If we are able to identify the mother, her safety is our top priority, as well as the safety of any other potential children.”
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