HOUSTON (KPRC/AP) — Houston authorities are searching for the parents of an infant who was abandoned in a Southwest Houston post office lobby. A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman says the 1-month-old boy was found on Wednesday. He was wearing a white onesie and the name Jesse was written on his diaper.
The spokeswoman says the baby appeared clean, healthy and well-cared-for — with no signs of abuse or neglect. He was left in a car seat with an extra diaper, bottles of water and formula, and a container of milk. The infant was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital for a checkup.
Child Protective Services says it is receiving calls from people claiming to be related to the boy. They say they received calls after viewers saw pictures of the baby on KPRC Local 2 earlier in the day.
“Right now, we don’t know who left him there, or if somebody might be looking for him,” says CPS spokeswoman Estella Olguin.
The baby was abandoned and found shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was sitting wide awake in his white onesie in the car seat inside the Westbrae Post Office on South Gessner near West Bellfort. CPS is hoping a relative, friend or neighbor will notice that he’s missing.
“We’re hoping that somebody will recognize him and will call us and let us know who he is so that we will know something about hi — something about his medical information, to know if he’s got any kind of allergies or anything like that so we can take care of him better,” says Olguin.
Whomever abandoned him would not be protected under the Safe Haven Law — also known as the “Baby Moses” law. Under that law parents who are unable to care for a newborn are allowed to drop off the child at a hospital, fire station, police station or EMS station. However, the baby has to be less than 60 days old and can only be dropped off at one of those facilities.