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Seymour police searching for mother of baby left in bag

An infant is reportedly healthy after being found in a plastic bag in Seymour Tuesday.

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WTHR) - Seymour police are looking for the mother of a newborn baby girl abandoned and left in a plastic shopping bag. The baby is alive and, according to police, doing remarkably well.

Tuesday afternoon, a woman walking her dog past a grass-covered lot was pulled toward a fence line, through the leaves to a discarded plastic shopping bag.

"The dog owner discovered some movement inside the bag and picked the bag up and discovered there was a child left inside," Seymour Police Det. Sgt. CJ Foster explained.

The infant, a girl just a few hours old, was rushed to the hospital. She appears to be just fine.

"That is very good," the detective said with a big smile. "Yes, yes."

Foster planned to go back to the neighborhood, knock on doors and look for answers to the questions everyone is asking.

Jim Phelps lives across the street from where the baby was found.

"How could this happen? How could they do it? Why did they do it?" he asked.

The paramedics who rushed to save the life of the infant, who was wrapped in a towel in the bag, came from about a mile away. At Seymour Fire Station #3, there is a Safe Haven Baby Box. Parents can leave their infant anonymously, no questions asked, no criminal charges filed. Firefighters are prepared to immediately care for the child.

"I thought about it all night," said Seymour Fire Chief Brad Lucas. "What do I have to do? Who do I have to call? Who do I have to brainstorm with to get the awareness out there to people who need to know that?"

A man who visited the police station Tuesday afternoon about the time the baby was found, detectives thought, might have useful information.

The lead was a dead end. Investigators are focused on finding the mother.

"Obviously, the concern is trying to find the mother, find out what happened, what are the circumstances of why everything happened and make sure her health is OK," Foster said.

If the mother is found, she could face criminal charges. Investigators are asking anyone with information about the baby or her mother call the Seymour Police Department.