A newborn baby girl is expected to make a full recovery after a stranger found her bundled up in a Jonas Brothers backpack inside a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot.
A passerby spotted the baby, who was also wrapped in a blanket and had part of the umbilical cord still attached to her, on the evening of June 4 in Tempe, Arizona, while temperatures outside were still well above 100 degrees, reports KPNX. That person went to the store manager, who immediately called police. Officers quickly arrived on scene and took care of the infant.
Local police are looking for any information they can find regarding the baby's identity or who her parents are, and they are hoping that someone will recognize the small black and pink backpack adorned with the singing trio's faces.
"This is a tragic situation but we're thankful that the baby was found healthy," a representative at the store where the baby was found told KNXV in a statement. "Everyone involved reacted swiftly with the needs of the child as the top priority. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our shoppers and their families."
The grocery store is right across the street from a fire station, which, like all others in Arizona, is considered a safe haven where anyone can legally drop off a baby less than 72 hours old with no questions asked. All hospitals have the same policy; adoption agencies, child welfare agencies and churches often do the same but must post signs to indicate that.
"There's a total of four crews and we were in full force when the child was left," Tempe Assistant Fire Chief Paul Nies told AZ Central. "We are pretty confident someone would have been there."
Those who abandon babies elsewhere are subject to criminal prosecution.
Nies explained that most people do not know about the Safe Haven Law, which has been in effect since 2001.
"How do you reach that portion of the population who is going to be in this position?" Nies said. "And that is a tough proposition ... It's not our position to determine whether people are right or wrong for leaving their children or not wanting them, but we want to give everyone the opportunity that there is an alternative."
Since the law came into effect, 40 babies have been safely dropped off at such locations in Arizona.
"We'll take custody as long as the parent will not return for the child,'' Nies told AZ Central.