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Philadelphia police seek mother after newborn girl found alive in box

A newborn baby is girl recovering at a hospital in Philadelphia she was found alive inside a box on Wednesday morning, police said.
/ Source: NBC News and news services

A newborn baby is girl recovering at a hospital in Philadelphia after she was found alive inside a box outside on a street Wednesday morning, police said.

The girl was was wrapped in a blanket and robe inside the box when she was discovered near a daycare center in the north of the city, according to a report by NBC Philadelphia.

A neighborhood handyman told police he was gathering trash outside the Rainbow Daycare on 27th and Huntingdon Streets when he heard a baby crying.

The child is recovering at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Hunting Park.

She weighs 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and her umbilical cord was still attached. Investigators say she's most likely Hispanic or a light-skinned black female and it's clear she was not born at a hospital.

Police believe she had been in the box for several hours. Lt. Anthony McFadden told the Associated Press it was "very lucky" she was found so quickly.

So far, police have searched nearby schools and hospitals, but they have no leads on where the mother could be.

Under Pennsylvania law, parents can drop a newborn at a hospital or other place designated a safe haven without fear of prosecution.

Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit is investigating.