A newborn was found on the doorsteps of a home in Annapolis early Friday morning, Annapolis police said.
The baby was found around 6:37 a.m. on the doorsteps of the home in the 2000 block of Forest Drive. Authorities said the baby appeared to be in good health and was taken to the hospital for care.
Malik Carroll, 14, was on his way to a basketball workout at 6:15 a.m., when he discovered the hours-old infant on his Forest Drive front porch.
“I was in shock,” said Carroll. The baby was wrapped in a purple shirt and track jacket.
Carroll said the baby was calm. He didn’t cry at all and he could tell the baby was brand new because he still had blood on him.
Carroll said the baby must have been left sometime overnight, after 10:30 p.m. when everyone went to bed.
Carroll’s father, Charles Carroll, said it was clear the baby had been well cared for.
“Whoever cut the umbilical cord knew what they were doing," he said.
Police say the baby boy is healthy and doing well. He spent the day at Anne Arundel Medical Center, and has been turned over to social services to help find him permanent care.
The household is known in the neighborhood to belong to Pastor Charles Carroll, an active member of the community. They run a daycare out of the house.
The family has also been in the news this past year, after 25-year-old Charles Edward Carroll was found shot to death last July. So far, no arrests have been made in his murder.
Police are concerned about the health of the mother and are asking for her to come forward to receive medical care. She may need medical attention or be a victim of a crime, police said.
Anyone with information about the identity of the mother or about her whereabouts is urged to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. Please don’t share personal information on our social media pages.
In Maryland, no one ever has to abandon a newborn baby. Under the Safe Haven law, a distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can safely give up custody of their baby, no questions asked. Newborns can be left at hospitals or law enforcement stations. For more information, visit www.dhr.maryland.gov/safe-haven.