Teen who 'found baby by dumpster' in Highland Park ID'ed as baby's mother

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Highland Park police have identified the teenage girl who claimed to have found and rescued an abandoned baby Saturday morning as the baby's mother.

It's a mystery that unfolded as a 7 Action News crew was at the Highland Park police department.

Police told 7 Action News Saturday that a newborn baby boy was found next to a dumpster off W. Grand and Hamilton around 10:45 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital and listed in good condition.

Reporters on scene later interviewed a 16-year-old girl who said she was the one who found the baby and reported it to police. She told reporters she heard the baby's cries as she was walking to the store. She said she found the baby wrapped in a pillow case and placed next to the dumpster. She said she brought the baby home before calling her best friend and her friend's mother. Together, she said, they called 9-1-1.

Police said around 7 p.m., they received information from Children's Hospital that the teen admitted to workers there that she was indeed the baby's mother. The teen's mother took the teen in for a pregnancy test before she came clean and admitted she made up the incident.

Police say the teen will be evaluated by social workers to determine if she is fit to keep her baby. Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney said it's unlikely the teen will face any charges.

Remember, Michigan does have a Safe Haven Law. It says that you can leave your baby, up to 3 days old, with a staff member at any hospital, fire station, police station or any emergency service provider that is on duty in Michigan

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