HOUSTON – A child was found abandoned near its home in Houston on Friday night.
Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles said the child was found near the mother’s home around 7 p.m., and the mother was not around.
The child was sent to be checked out at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Voyles said they aren’t releasing the name of the mother since the investigation is still ongoing but did say he expects charges to be filed at some point.
This is the second baby abandonment in Houston in recent years.
A baby less than a week old was found abandoned at the Salvation Army in downtown Houston in October 2010.
In that case a Hispanic baby boy was found in a car seat behind the Salvation Army on West Washington Street about 6:15 p.m., shortly after a cold rain had moved through the area. A man dropping off a TV at the Salvation Army spotted the baby and alerted law enforcement dining in a restaurant across the street.
That baby was taken to a local hospital in good condition.
In Mississippi newborns can be legally dropped off at local police departments, fire departments or hospitals. It is illegal to abandon any child of any age and conviction for child abandonment is a felony.
A complete story will be published in the Wednesday, March 19, Chickasaw Journal.
Chickasaw Journal Managing Editor Floyd Ingram contributed to this report.