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Newborn with umbilical cord still attached found on bike trail in Maryland

Police say the newborn is doing well and is healthy.

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Police in Maryland say a newborn baby was left in a wooded area in Glen Burnie, south of Baltimore. Detectives have since identified the mother of the infant.

Anne Arundel County police spokesman Marc Limansky said a person called 911 to report finding the baby.

"It appeared to be a newborn child, umbilical cord still attached," Limansky said.

Police say the newborn is doing well and is healthy.

A man says he had a neighbor call 911 after he found the baby on a bike trail while he was going for a walk. He said, thankfully, he was in the right place at the right time. 

"When I got up to here, it sounded, like, I didn't know if it was an animal whimpering. But then something told me, 'That's a baby crying.' I turned around and there was a young boy walking the other way and he went up and confirmed it was a baby," said Ted Rutherford. "Thank God I walked this morning. I didn't want to walk. You know, my back and my neck and everything, but something told me to get up and walk my dog."

The mother of the infant was provided medical treatment and access to crisis intervention and other resources.

Maryland has a Safe Haven law that allows a distressed parent to give up custody of their newborn baby up to 10 days from the birth, no questions asked, at a safe location, including certain hospitals or police or fire stations.