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Man answers door - finds newborn baby

The Local · 19 Jul 2012, 16:31

Published: 19 Jul 2012 16:31 GMT+02:00

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The 28-year-old man found the baby outside his home in the northern port city of Rostock late on Wednesday after answering his door.

The baby boy he found there was only about five hours old but was healthy, a police spokesman said. The mother had seemingly given birth to him without any medical supervision, as the umbilical cord had not been professionally cut.

Although in a film, the young man would keep the baby and try to find the mother, in real life both of these tasks have been taken on by the authorities.

The state prosecutor which is checking to see if a crime had been committed, said there was nothing to suggest a link between the man on whose doorstep the baby was deposited, and the child.

Because the baby was not put in any immediate danger, it would not seem that his mother committed a crime, a prosecutor spokesman said.

Sniffer dogs were brought in immediately to try to trace the mother’s scent from the doorstep, but without success.

The baby, who has been named Florian by nurses at the hospital where he was taken, was immediately put into the care of the local social services, Die Welt newspaper reported on Thursday.

When left on the doorstep, he was wrapped in a yellow baby sleeping bag which bore the words, “Born in Rostock South Hospital” – such sleeping bags were given out to new mothers who had baby there late last year. They were only handed out for a short period of time, and it is thought Florian’s mother may have got hold of one from a friend or acquaintance.

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Within that he was wrapped in two woollen blankets, one orange, one beige. He was also dressed in a pink and white striped long-sleeved sleep suit.

Police are appealing for information from the public to trace the mother.

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Your comments about this article

17:53 July 19, 2012 by Susan G
Oh no, poor baby
17:58 July 19, 2012 by mos101392
When will society come to their senses. A simple swab of the inside of every newborn baby will document every baby through DNA.

If society had done this when DNA identification was first established, think of all the criminals that could have been caught!

Here is a clear example that if the mother's DNA was taken at her birth, it would not be difficult to locate the baby's mother.

Also, imagine if everyone born knew that their DNA was taken at birth, this would be a great crime deterent.

Imagine how much easier it would be to identify dead persons if their DNA was taken at birth!

At some point, society needs to weigh the pros and cons and realize that DNA identification outweighs the few that that argue about privacy.
19:52 July 19, 2012 by William Thirteen
that's why i don't answer my doorbell unless i am expecting a visitor.
20:01 July 19, 2012 by SteveK
@ UncleVanya

There are often many reasons why a mother cannot look after her newborn child eg. financial, medical or emotional etc. In a perfect world your statement would be true, alas it is not....
20:15 July 19, 2012 by Gretl
Uncle Vanya - obviously the mother did realize "the gift". The child could have been aborted. The mother decided to re-gift the baby to someone who might value it more than her. Perhaps we will find out that the baby was gifted a father.

Most - don't forget microchipping at birth. Then I won't have to go around the neighborhood trying to track my kids down for dinner, I can just use GPS. And when your spouse won't answer their cell phone, you could find them using their chip...at their lover's house, otherwise engaged.

Be careful what you ask for.
21:45 July 19, 2012 by catjones
mos101392...it was tried, but most germans had their swabs blurred.
09:28 July 20, 2012 by wood artist
In a country where people fear having Google take pictures of their homes from the public street I seriously doubt there's going to be a whole lot of enthusiasm for a DNA database of everyone. I do agree that it would make solving some crimes easier.

I do wonder, however, why the mother picked this particular door. Could be entirely random, but perhaps not. I'm not suggesting this guy is the father, or even remotely related, just that is seems a bit odd. Also I assume the local hospitals don't have one of those "baby drop boxes" to handle this type of situation. I really don't know if I'm a fan of them, but if they save the live of even one baby it's a good idea.

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