baby Harlan

Police are searching for a mother who abandoned her newborn daughter on the porch of a home in southwest Atlanta Monday.

Margaret Benton told police she and her family returned to their Harlan Road home to find a newborn baby swaddled in a pink Hello Kitty blanket.

The hours-old infant still had her umbilical cord attached, the AJC.com reports.

Atlanta police Lt. Celeste Murphy told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she had no leads on the mother who abandoned the newborn.

“We have a mother that just had a baby that may not have sought medical attention, and we have a concern about that as well,” Murphy told the AJC. “We want to make sure that she seeks medical attention.”

Murphy said the newborn is in “good, healthy condition this morning,” at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

“Up to seven days old, any child can be left with any medical facility and there are no criminal repercussions for that,” Murphy said.

The infant will be turned over to the Department of Family and Children's Services for placement if the mother isn't located.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    THIS WASN'T HOW I WANTED TO END THE WORK DAY...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Well glad she didn't kill the poor child

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I was just about to say that! Hope she gets placed with a loving family.

  • Tammie Reed

    OMG, such a pretty baby, God bless her! All these people that can't have kids and look how they treat this one. Sad world we live in! Hope she is ok. I don't know what I would do if I found a baby on my step. I think I would keep her for a day or two then call lol. Thats the mama in me I guess. I love babies!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Gotta look at the silver linings to some things smh

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    dont look for the mom, let her be. Is it a crime cuz it was private vs the fire door step? Folks if you don't want kids, please use birth control.

  • iWasteTime

    I was going to come in the next post to go HAM on my job and this co worker . . . Not even worth it.

    God bless this baby.
    May her mom drink bleach and chase it with Raid!

  • MS PEACHES

    Probably a confused young girl. I hope the system does not penalize her for leaving the child. I am grateful that the baby was alive and healthy.

  • Smartypants

    God bless mother and baby. Prayers up.

  • first page

    My best friend just looking for the right man so she can get married and have her first child. Her egg clock is ticking away. It is sad reading this but I am glad she is saved.

  • GTFOHWTBS

    so sad. people treat animals better than this. if you don't want kids or the responsibilities , keep your legs closed and pants zipped

  • Evelyn Davis

    How do you know the mom was not raped ass hole.

  • MS PEACHES

    My new code word for white males that look like a pedofiles-Jared. Ex- He better get his Jared looking as-s away from those kids.

  • Queen Negus

    Go to open post. You know I lub gossip?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yes go to the open post (cb tat) and post it.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Stories like this break my heart. Maybe because I don't understand how a woman can go through a pregnancy and abandon her baby? Maybe because I have baby fever, and may not be able to have any more? I'm just relieved that the mom took this route rather than harming this baby. Hopefully, the baby will be placed in a loving home.

  • iWasteTime

    meet yall there

  • Its Me

    Bloop.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    They have places you can turn them over safely at. Smh

  • harley_quinn2.0

    They left the baby on a patio chair...my lord

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I've always wondered about the Safe Haven law. Can a parent really just drop the baby off without repercussion? Are the parents required to sign over their parental rights when they drop the babies off?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I would fight to keep her. #babyfever

  • SUZANNE SUGERBAKER

    why they left the baby on these strangers front porch? did you have to pass a fire station. hospital, free clinic? Something.

  • Miany

    they need to stop the fugg shii.... DO NOT look for that lady. DO NOT turn her in...we want folk to keep the babies alive and leave em in safe havens we cannot turn around and go looking for these folk...Let em abandon the kid in peace and turn the baby over to a loving home... smdh

  • Karma WhO

    I'm lookin so forward to meeting my little one, I couldn't imagine leaving them for ANY reason

  • SUZANNE SUGERBAKER

    I really dont know what I would do after I got through side eyeing the fugg outta Hubby. Cause I'm go be like of all the damn porches in Alabama they land on this one. Uh Uh .

  • Karma WhO

    I'm feeling like the person gave birth nearby or these people are some folks this woman trust..

  • Queen Negus

    This is so sad. I am out till later! Bye Sandra and Roses!!?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    That's what I think, too. or the baby's father lives in that house.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    *dead*

  • SUZANNE SUGERBAKER

    thats all I'm saying she KNOWS somebody in that house.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Police are searching for a mother who abandoned her newborn daughter on the porch of a home in southwest Atlanta Monday.

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    Why are they searching for the mother? Heffa obviously didn't want the baby :( Put that energy into finding the baby a stable home/family. My neighbors have been trying for years. I just hate the baby has to go into the system

  • sunni_daze

    Glad that the baby is okay. Hopefully she will find a good home.

  • Panamababy82

    I would gladly take in that little angel.

  • Panamababy82

    @str8tupmenace:disqus same here, baby fever got me so sick right now!

  • OpinionHated

    Disgusting - this mother need bare licks... baby safe havens everywhere but you leave yours in the sun on a porch... condoms are essential... use them. What a way for a baby to start life - God bless this child... and her useless parents...

  • OpinionHated

    no go ham on them mofo's it makes you feel better to vent... plus this post is way too sad need something to give me strength to deal with the commuters on my way home... this post gonna have me kissing strange babies on the T have me arrested and chit all overly emotional...

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Hi Tammie. Did you hear anything about Chef David? I know you're a woman about town.

  • Hater

    Wow just wow!

  • JustSaying

    I would love to adopt her. I have had several miscarriages. It would be a blessing and a honor.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    *hug* God Bless you hun!!!

  • shaybytheway

    I am so grateful to this mom for doing the only thing she felt she could. Kept her baby alive. I hope she is able to heal mentally and physically. I hope her lesson is learned and no more children until she is ready to be a mother.

  • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

    I'm happy the baby is okay however I'm feeling selfish atm. I was hoping I could get a bullshyt post to vent and conclude my work day on.

    Can't get jiggy and act an azz on this post.

  • Tiffany Miller

    May have been a teenager. Poor child...but she may be better off without being raised by someone that would just leave you out in public.

  • MS PEACHES

    No one but the young mother knows of her situation. People so quick to pass judgment.

  • Sexy CJ

    Thank God that the mother decided to spare the baby's little life..............

  • MS PEACHES

    Oh Yes You Can (In my Prof Klump voice). You can get jiggy all you want.

  • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

    You're right. I'm trying to be good.

    My coworker has me punching the dang air around these parts.

  • Lambily01

    ???

  • Buttercup

    Honey, when I tell you I LOVE YOU! This sounds exactly like some stuff I would say.

  • Mel

    Dam it's sad but I'm glad she didn't harm the baby I'm guessing the mother is a scared teen (just a guess)

  • Tammie Reed

    I'm not aware of who that is, what happened???

  • Tammie Reed

    Thats so easy to say I see. Wrap it up, its aids out here etc...Everyone is so fearless, then gripe when they have to pay child support, argue with baby mamas, struggle with an unwanted child or pregnancy. When all they had to do was take precautions, its so much out here now to protect yourself but people still do not take heed! Its not like back when I was a teen geesh! Its so irresponsible on all parts! In 2015, noone should be saying oops I'm pregnant at all but it still happens! Sad!

  • Tammie Reed

    what if she would have moved or turned, she could have broke her damn neck, lawd!

  • Tammie Reed

    Agreed, or maybe the house looked up to par. I remember when this random cat was sleeping on my back porch on my patio furniture and later had kittens. I never bothered her but they say animals and babies know safe havens. Maybe the mom felt like that house was safe, who knows.

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    If you snatch another scream outta me here in walmart imma holla...PREACH!!!!

  • Tammie Reed

    Its so funny to read all these scenarios about this child but I never thought the mom probably did drop the baby off like here is yo baby bro! I don't know but I would be looking at facial features, hands and feet too, lawd too funny!

  • https://www.wattpad.com/user/aleonhart Annie Leonhart

    Damn, I would take the child if I had the means. How friggin' sad. :(

  • 88

    Can you not just drop a baby off at the fire station anymore?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Exactly and I'm upset that those ppl took a picture of the baby in the chair before picking her up ?....I know it's not their fault the baby was left on the porch but come on

  • Queen B

    My daughter has tht blanket

  • JayCee087

    Or give the baby up for adoption.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    idk either. Chef David Decuir. I think I spelled that right. I saw gofundme post raising funds to pay for his funeral.

  • Jusstlookn2

    That's too bad, glad the baby was found unharmed. Many folks keep the baby, lord knows they woulda been better left in a chair, anywhere but with they sorry arse no count mama.

  • EatTheCakeAnnaMae

    There was a case where a mother tried to drop her baby off to a police officer, and it ended in him tasing her.. It was on video, she kept telling him she just wanted to drop the child off, which is lawful, and no questions are supposed to be asked.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Who was pregnant yesterday, and isn't pregnant today?? Hmmm?

  • Tammie Reed

    OMG!!! I did know him, you are kidding me but I didn't know him by that name! He had cancer I think a while ago but didn't know he passed, so sorry to hear that.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Oh no that's awful.

  • Tammie Reed

    He catered a lot of my events, he passed yesterday! I just looked on my Facebook page because we were friends, they said he may have had kidney failure. It happened yesterday. So sad!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Exactly...glad I'm not the only one with those thoughts!

  • BLOODBLOOD

    Well darn

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Big dummie could've taken this baby to the police dept, fire house, church, anywhere. Too damn hot outside to be leaving that baby outside.

    Thank GOD the baby is fine.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :Chase:

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    OMG that is sad. Sorry to hear (see, I knew you'd know or be able to find out).

  • Jusstlookn2

    hmph....Really, these women and they boyfriends. Kill the kids, put them in the trunk, beat to death, starve them. This angel is blessed.

  • Molly

    2015??. Thots would still rather have a innocent child & abandon it. Rather than take "Birth Control?.
    Can't make sense out of something that doesn't make sense?

  • WHITTYwithWORDS

    Even if the mom is located, you are NOT giving that baby back....what kid of sorry azz person leaves a baby in a chair defenseless...sorry azz bish

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Yes I'm glad she didn't kill the baby too but my thing is why allow yourself to get knocked up if you don't want to keep the baby??? I hate when women do this bcuz there are so many options out there as well as so many different birth control methods. Oh well I'm just glad the baby is safe.

  • ABbaby

    The person could be a child themselves.

  • Erin Giselle

    Maybe it was a rape case. I just wish she had gone to a hospital. I guess she was afraid of others opinions.

  • http://www.dandycubs.com Dandy Cubs Children’s Boutique

    I want her!

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Maybe, I still feel bad for the baby

  • BrittBrat2005

    Aww. I want the baby so pretty... I'm glad she didn't kill the poor baby..

  • hottlanta

    You can only speculate what happened. She could have had a husband that promised her the world and walked out on her and she thought she could have the baby and panicked, Sure when the baby is in your stomach you think you can do it but when it comes out realty kicks in like crying, milk, clothes, doctor appointments and am I capable of being available to someone 24 hours/7 days a week now that they are here. Not everyone woman that has a baby and gives it up are single.

  • hottlanta

    You don't know if she used birth control or not.

  • hottlanta

    Since when did being saved ever stop anyone from having sex.

  • hottlanta

    No one is ever ready to be a mother. You can read all the books you want and something always come up to throw you curveball to knock you off your I got this motherhood thing down pack game. We just do the best you can with what you have,

  • hottlanta

    There you go blaming single people for the worst crimes against kids when that MARRIED woman in Texas drowned all of her 5 kids while husband was at work at NASA. Just this month alone has been a RASH of married people men/woman killing their kids.

  • hottlanta

    If it is a child as a mother I wonder how OLD the father is. No one is talking about that.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    but I do know whatever she may have used wasn't effective, hence a new born baby.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Pardon me sir, it seems an one that harms a child. God Bless

  • first page

    ...I am glad>correction< the baby is saved from being abandoned on a stranger's steps. I am not concerned with the mother and her sex life.

  • Jusstlookn2

    Good Day Sir, there are many people killing kids, that is an example. Old, young, black white. Married, Single, divorced, widowed..Good Day and Take Care of yourself.

  • chappedlippz

    Damn shame