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Infant found on side of the road in Pasadena

Anne Arundel authorities say this baby girl was found in a car seat on the side of the road in Pasadena on Saturday night.
Anne Arundel authorities say this baby girl was found in a car seat on the side of the road in Pasadena on Saturday night. (Courtesy of Anne Arundel Police)

Anne Arundel County Police say an infant girl was found on the side of the road in a car seat in Pasadena on Saturday night. Scuff marks on the carrier, they said, indicate it might have fallen from a moving vehicle.

Shortly before midnight, Eastern District officers responded to the 900 block of Druid Hill after getting reports of an child. The baby, who police say is probably about 2 or 3 months old, was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center Saturday night where she was treated for dehydration.

She is now in the custody of the Department of Social Services and in good condition, the department's director of media relations, Lt. T.J. Smith, said at a press conference.

A woman claiming to be the mother came forward around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and is meeting with police investigators, Smith said. Police later confirmed that she is the mother but had no further details.

Smith said that while he understands that the natural reaction is for people to assume a parent abandoned the child, police don't know yet if that is the case.

"We need to make sure there wasn't any foul play involved and that this person wasn't the victim of a crime herself. If it ends up being some type of child abandonment, we'll have to go down that path," he said. "If there's criminal mischief behind it, you'll know about it because we'll charge the person responsible."

A Facebook post on the department's page asking for information on the identify of the child and her parents has been shared more than 26,000 times and garnered more than 2,500 comments.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-6145 and ask to speak with an on duty supervisor or call 911.

"We are most fortunate that this child was not harmed and appears to be in good condition other than being left outside the evening of July 4. We could have been experiencing a tragedy with a 2-to-3 month old this morning,"  Smith said, "and fortunately, we aren't experiencing a tragedy."

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