Children find freezing newborn in barn stall

Children find freezing newborn in barn stall
A file photo of a barn. Photo: DPA
Children playing in a Nordhackstedt barn on Wednesday afternoon found a hypothermic baby girl in one of the stalls, daily Flensburger Tageblatt reported on Thursday.

“The baby was taken to emergency doctors at the Flensburg hospital,” police spokesperson Björn Goos told the paper. “She is out of life-threatening danger.”

Witness reports led police in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to the newborn’s mother, who news agency DDP reported was a 17-year-old girl. The girl has also been been hospitalized. Her motive in abandoning the child remains unclear, police said.

The children found the crying infant tucked into fabric sack and dressed in a dark jacket in barn hay, the paper reported.

Two abandoned babies were found dead in the region in 2006 and 2007, almost exactly one year apart, police said. “Naturally we have these cases in the back of our mind,” Goos said. “The police investigation will reveal whether the cases are connected.”