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Baby girl found outside Denver hospital dies

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Date: 02/27/2008 03:02 PM

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Baby girl found in basket outside Denver hospital pronounced dead

DENVER, Colorado ” A baby girl has died after someone left her in a basket outside a Denver hospital, rang the call button and then fled.

Police were investigating, and an autopsy was planned.

Detective Sharon Hahn said the infant was discovered outside Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A security guard took her inside the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Hahn said police cannot speculate about whether the girl was alive when she was left at the hospital, and i wasn’t not clear whether security cameras captured images of whoever left her.

The age of the child is unknown.

Colorado’s “Safe Haven” law allows a parent to safely give up a child at a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of birth without fear of prosecution. The parent must hand the baby to a firefighter or hospital staff member but can still remain anonymous, said Linda Prudhomme, executive director of Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns.

Prudhomme said her organization is aware of 15 babies safely relinquished under the safe haven law since it was passed in 2000.

The law was designed to give parents an alternative to abandoning a newborn.

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s released a statement saying employees were “shaken and saddened.”

“We want to encourage anyone in this type of situation to bring the baby to a Safe Haven location so we can care for it,” the hospital said Wednesday.

“We wish this baby could have received medical help at birth. We also are concerned about the infant’s mother and hope she is seeking any needed medical attention.”

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