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Bahamas: Social Services searching for mother of four-day-old baby boy abandoned off East Street

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Department of Social Services will seek a care order from the court today to ensure that the four-day-old baby boy found on Saturday legally becomes a ward of the state, advised Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday.

Police reported late Saturday afternoon that the newborn was discovered in an abandoned building off East Street shortly after 11am.

An anonymous caller reportedly told police that construction workers found the child wrapped in a blanket while at the Church of the Nazarene.

Police have been appealing to the public to help locate the mother of the child, who may be in need of “medical care and attention”.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, Campbell said the child is “resting comfortably” in the Children’s Ward at Princess Margaret Hospital at this time.

“The care order makes the child officially a ward of the state, makes me the de facto father as the minster [and] the director as the de facto mother,” he explained.

“So, from that point on we have the legal right to make the decisions for the child.”

He continued, “Normally, we don’t take them into the homes until about six weeks.

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