Police seeking birth mother of newborn left at Springfield home

Authorities in Springfield are looking for the public’s help in locating the birth mother of a newborn baby that was found Saturday morning.
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 1:22 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 6:20 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Springfield Police need your help after a newborn baby was left outside a Springfield home on Friday night.

Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh told Western Mass News that the baby boy was in a car seat, wrapped in blankets with formula and other supplies. Now, they are looking for his mother.

The newborn baby was found on the front steps of a home on Entrybrook Drive near Forest Park, likely between the hours of 9 p.m. on Friday and shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Walsh told Western Mass News that the people who found the baby outside their home called 911. The baby was transported to Baystate Medical Center and has shown a positive recovery so far.

Officers are now looking for camera footage from anyone who lives in the area of Entrybrook Drive or any other information you may have to help locate mom.

“If she’s in the area or if someone knows something, if someone was pregnant last week and is no longer pregnant and there’s no baby around, please let our detectives know,” Walsh said. “Any clues at this point can help us lead us to mom, and like I said before, could be in need of medical care herself.”

The state of Massachusetts has a “baby safe haven.” That means parents can legally surrender a newborn infant 7-days-old or younger at a hospital, police station, or fire department without facing any criminal prosecution.

Walsh said that this is a rare case in Springfield and hopes it may inspire others to come forth if they have doubts about surrendering their baby.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Springfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355. You can also leave the department a private message on Facebook, or ‘Text-A-Tip’ to CRIMES (274637) and, in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.

For more information or support, or if you have any questions about safely surrendering your baby, you can call (877) 796-HOPE or (888) 510-BABY.