A midnight miracle

Chamblee Police Officer Beth Frye holds a baby that was found abandoned at a clinic along Buford Highway. Photo courtesy of Chamblee Police Department.

Chamblee police rescue abandoned baby

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 31, Chamblee Police Department received a call about a matter most officers dread: an abandoned baby.

According to a press release from Chamblee police, the call came from the Family Medical Clinic—located at 4861 Buford Highway—following the discovery of a baby in the building’s entryway.

Police state the baby was found in a gym bag with the umbilical cord still attached. Video surveillance and on-scene interviews revealed the bag was originally left outside in the early morning hours of Aug. 30. The bag was brought inside by staff during the day but not inspected; the baby remained in the gym bag all day without nourishment.

Once discovered, the baby was transported to Scottish Rite Hospital in time to save its life. While there, it was identified as a 4.86 pound boy who does not appear to be full-term.

“Based on the timeline of the incident, the medical staff considers the infant boy a miracle child,” states the press release. “It’s a miracle baby!”

The child has since been transferred into the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services.

Chamblee Police said the case remains open and that they hope to identify who abandoned the child soon.

This is the second time in five years Chamblee Police officer Beth Frye has rescued a newborn. In June 2013, Frye arrived at a scene involving a prematurely born baby before an ambulance and her emergency first-aid training saved the infant’s life.

Updates will be posted on the Chamblee Police Department’s Facebook page. Any tips can be reported to Chamblee Police directly by calling (770) 986-5005.

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