JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A newborn baby was found abandoned in a cardboard box at an intersection in the Fairbanks area, with a note saying the child’s parent couldn’t care for them, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The soldiers, in a statement, said they were told around 2 p.m. Friday that a baby had been found abandoned. The wind chill factor in the region at that time was reported to be around 12 below zero. The baby appears to have been left upright recently, soldiers said.
Kelly Atlee, spokesperson for Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, said the baby was “stable and healthy”. Atlee, by email, said she could not provide additional information. The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is one of the establishments that is part of the health organization.
A map of the intersection where the baby was found – identified by soldiers as Dolphin Way and Chena Point Avenue – appears to be a more rural setting.
Tim DeSpain, a spokesperson for the soldiers, said Monday he had no further information to share. “We continue to seek the assistance of the media and the public to determine the child’s situation,” he said via email.
The soldiers said they were asking anyone who might have information about the child to contact them.
Alaska has a so-called safe haven law that allows parents to legally hand over a baby under certain conditions, such as leaving the baby in the physical care of a peace officer, doctor, employee. hospital or firefighter or with someone they think is providing appropriate care. The law applies to babies under 21 days old.
Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press