LOCAL : Abandoned Anaheim Baby Well

From Times Staff and wire service reports

A day-old boy abandoned behind an Anaheim liquor store was in good condition at Humana Hospital-West Anaheim today, officials said, as police continued to search for his mother.

"We don't have anything new to add, but our detectives are checking hospitals and investigating," Sgt. John Kolbo of the Anaheim Police Department said today. Kolbo said that Anaheim police handle about three cases of abandoned babies a year, and end up tracking down about one of the mothers.

The newborn baby, swaddled in a towel and placed in a brown paper bag, was found Monday near a dumpster behind the corner mall in the 2800 block of West Ball Road. An employee of Betty's Flower Shop in that mall heard the baby crying at about 3:30 p.m. The owner took the infant boy inside and called police.

She said she did not see who left the boy in the alley behind her shop, but added that police had indicated to her that it may have been a teen-age girl.

Hospital officials described the baby's condition as healthy. Police said the boy weighs seven pounds, has light brown hair and is doing well.

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