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North Vernon Police still looking for mother who abandoned baby

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This newborn baby boy was left outside Christ's Way Christian Church on Sept. 24.  Police are still looking for his mother. This newborn baby boy was left outside Christ's Way Christian Church on Sept. 24.  Police are still looking for his mother.
Liz Foster says her mother left her on a stranger's doorstep more than 40 years ago. Liz Foster says her mother left her on a stranger's doorstep more than 40 years ago.

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WDRB) -- She gave birth, left her baby at a church, then disappeared.

The child is doing well, but North Vernon Police are still trying to track down the mother.

It has been nearly two weeks, but the case, the baby and mother are still the talk of the town in the small southern Indiana community.

"Probably about every other person, really. It's a pretty big thing here," said Shelby Everroad, who works at Perfect Styles Hair Salon.

The newborn baby boy was left outside Christ's Way Christian Church on Sept. 24. 

Since then, lots of people have formed opinions about the case. At Perfect Style Hair Salon in North Vernon, both customers and stylists are talking about the child and mother.

"Kind of curious about the mother ... what went wrong, why she felt like she had to do that," said Liz Foster, who lives in North Vernon.

It hits a little close to home for Foster. More than 40 years ago, the same thing happened to her when she was just a few months old.

"My adoptive parents found me on their doorsteps but they raised me," she said.

North Vernon Police have received several tips since the baby was found.

"Our investigators have followed up on every piece of information that we have received," said Sgt. Andrew Richmond with North Vernon Police.

And after talking to nearly a dozen women, the mother's identity and whereabouts are still unknown.

"Our investigators have actually physically gone out and made eye-to-eye contact with all these women that were named," Sgt. Richmond said.

Police say finding the mother is crucial because of an infection she probably passed on to the child and still has herself.

"It is a very good possibility that she either hasn't gotten any medical treatment if she didn't know that she had the infection, or is receiving minimal care for it," Sgt. Richmond said.

Meanwhile, Foster can certainly empathize with the situation, but she doesn't have much sympathy for the the child's mother - or whomever abandoned the baby.

"There is just so much more out there today than there was 44 years ago," she said. "So I felt like she had other options."

Right now, the baby is still in the hospital; however, he will eventually be turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services. After that, he will likely be adopted.

As for the mother, police still don't know what charges, if any, she will face. Despite leaving the child at a church, police say Indiana Safe Haven laws were not followed.

The law says a baby less than 30 days old can only be taken to a hospital emergency room, fire station or police department in Indiana.

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