Premature Baby Dies After Being Abandoned on Houston Street

A premature baby who was abandoned in the street was discovered by passersby in the early hours this morning, but couldn't be saved.

The tiny child, who was described as a "fetus – very, very small" by police, was found wrapped in a blanket outside an apartment complex in Houston, Texas.

A family were heading out to their car outside the building in the 1200 block of El Camino Village Drive, near the E Nasa Pkway, shortly before 2 a.m. when they made the horrifying discovery, according to local news channel KPRC 2 News.

One of the family members was a nurse, who desperately tried to help the baby before paramedics arrived, but the child was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

An officer from Houston Police Department, who wasn't identified, told KPRC 2 News: "They saw something that brought their attention; it looked like something was inside of a white blanket, I think they said. They went and looked and it ended up being a premature fetus – very, very small."

Officers are now trying to find out who left the baby there and why. Newsweek has reached out to Houston Police Department.

Abandoned Babies

There have been several cases of newborn babies being abandoned so far this year. Often, police believe the mothers may be in trouble and need help, and likely require medical attention, so they launch appeals for them to come forward.

A baby miraculously survived after being placed in a cardboard box and left by some mailboxes in Fairbanks, Alaska, on New Year's Eve. The temperature was just 1 degree, with a wind chill of 12 below zero.

A neighbor checking her mail discovered the baby, and a note inside reading: "Please help me!!! I was born today on December 31, 2021 [at] 6 a.m. I was born 12 weeks premature. My mom was 28 weeks when she had me. My parents and grandparents don't have food or money to raise me. They NEVER wanted to do this to me. My mom is so sad to do this. Please take me and find me a LOVING FAMILY. My parents are begging whoever finds me. My name is Teshawn."

The baby was said to be making a good recovery in hospital, as police launched an investigation.

In another incident, a woman in Omaha, Nebraska, was seen giving birth on a sidewalk in freezing conditions before walking away and abandoning the newborn in February. Passersby tried to help the baby boy, and the 27-year-old mother was tracked down nearby. She and her child were taken to hospital to receive medical care.

The County Attorney said an investigation would determine whether the woman would be charged with any offences.

And earlier this month, in Madrid, Spain, a newborn boy was found in a blanket dumped on the street, with officials saying he was rescued just hours away from dying of hypothermia.

In March, a nurse opened her front door to find an abandoned newborn had been left on her porch in Memphis, Tennessee. The baby was naked and dead. It wasn't clear whether he had been left there alive in the hope she would find him and help him, but she said she hadn't heard anybody knock on her door.

Safe Haven laws across all 50 states allow mothers – in some cases fathers - to safely and anonymously surrender their babies. The children are temporarily placed into care, and if they are not claimed after a certain amount of time, which varies in different states, they are adopted.

Premature baby's hand held
A file photo of a newborn baby. Police are investigating the death of a very premature baby, who was left on the street in Houston, Texas. Getty Images