Baby found abandoned under tree, umbilical cord still attached

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - The Broward Sheriff's Office said it is looking for the parents of a newborn left abandoned under a tree in Pompano Beach.

Officials said the baby's umbilical cord was still attached.

The boy, who is believed to be between one and three days old, was found wrapped in a blanket on a patch of dirt nestled between a parking lot and a three-foot hedge at NE 2nd Street and NE 2nd Avenue.

A woman picking up her child at a South Florida day care center said she found the baby wrapped in a blanket.

The woman flagged down day care bus driver Jaceline Saxton Thursday afternoon, and officials called 911.

"I see a lady flagging me down and she was pointing in the grass," Saxton said. "She said, 'A baby, baby on the ground.' And I jumped out of my van and there was a baby laying there. The sun was beaming down on him and his mouth was very, very, dry."

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue crews took the baby to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Under Florida's safe haven law, parents can drop off a newborn at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked.

Leaving a baby anywhere else can result in criminal charges.

The baby will then be turned over to a state-licensed adoption agency.