Newborn baby found abandoned, covered in bugs outside Texas apartment

Newborn Baby Found in Bushes At Harris County Apartment Complex

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A newborn baby was found outside a Houston apartment complex early Thursday covered in ants, according to multiple media reports.

Peterson found the infant around 5 a.m. and took her to his apartment, where he called authorities, KPRC reported. She was also covered in ant bites, according to witnesses. She wasn't too hard to track down.

A disturbing video shows the moment a man discovered a newborn baby dumped in a bush, covered in bugs and crying while she lay on the ground with her umbilical cord still attached.

When Harris County police arrived, they found a trail of blood on the ground, leading to an apartment nearby.

According to police, the mother dumped the baby around 11.30pm on Wednesday night, almost six hours before the child was discovered, reported Click2Houston.

Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland deemed is a "miracle" the baby was found alive.

The unnamed mother is now in the custody of sheriffs and the local district attorney is now considering charges against her.

"She walked all the way around that corner bleeding", Peterson said, pointing in the direction.

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Police estimated the baby to be about an hour hold when it was discovered.

Texas law does allow a person to legally give up a child.

A CPS spokesperson said in a release that the child would be taken into temporary custody while the agency looks for a relative who is willing to care for the child either long-term or temporarily.

The newborn will remain in the hospital's custody until custody proceedings are finished, Child Protective Services on Friday.

You may take your baby to any hospital, fire station or emergency medical services station in Texas.

"That life is not something you can take for granted, it's making me tear up right now, that is really sick", neighbor Calvin Johnson, who has two newborn babies, told KHOU. She was with a man, but they aren't sure of her connection to him at this time.

This story is courtesy of KSAT 12's sister station KPRC in Houston.

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