Abandoned newborn found in rest stop bathroom in Marion County


A newborn baby boy was discovered in the woman's bathroom at a rest stop early Saturday morning, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to the rest stop at 11400 SW Southbound I-75 around 3:14 a.m. after someone discovered the infant, according to the sheriff's office. He was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Detectives are seeking information about the baby's abandonment. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Billy Burleson at 352-368-3542.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-STOP or submit a tip online. For Crime Stoppers, please reference 17-145 in your tip.

A "Safe Haven" law was enacted in Florida to prevent these kinds of tragedies, the sheriff's office said. This law allows parents to leave their unharmed newborn babies, who are not more than one week old, with an employee at any hospital, emergency medical services station or with a fire fighter at any fire station in Florida.

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