Riley County police believe a mother was taking advantage of safe haven laws after a baby was found abandoned in northern Manhattan Wednesday evening.
Officers responded to a call from Ascension Via Christi Hospital at 7:15 p.m. saying that someone brought in an infant after it was reportedly found in the 2000 block of North Manhattan Avenue.
RCPD spokeswoman Hali Rowland said the child appeared in good health, and police are investigating who brought the child in.
Authorities took the baby to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka as a precaution. Police declined to identify the child’s age, gender or how it was found exactly.
Early Thursday morning, officials found the child’s mother, who is also in good health.
RCPD said it wouldn’t release any additional information, so others are not discouraged from choosing to take advantage of the law.
The Newborn Infant Protection Act allows parents and legal guardians to surrender physical custody of an infant 60 days old or younger and who has not suffered bodily harm to a police station, sheriff’s office, law enforcement center, fire station, health department or medical care facility. It also protects the identities of the guardians or person turning the child in.