A resident at the Texas apartment complex found the crying baby around 5 a.m.in a flower bed behind some bushes. Peterson took the baby to his apartment and asked his wife to call the police, while he cleaned up the baby. He told the station that "she was there on the ground in the flower bed with ants". She was covered from head to toe and all in her ears. She wasn't too hard to track down.
In the cell phone video captured by John Baldwin (posted below), the infant is seen and heard screaming while on the ground. I need to call 911'. The woman did admit to authorities she left the baby alone outside.
North Harris County Police said the baby was found Thursday morning by a neighbor on his way to work.
The trail of blood led investigators back to an apartment in the complex where they found a 21-year-old woman they believe may be the mother of the abandoned baby. Its residents at first refused to answer.
Investigators concluded that the child was born inside the apartment and then taken outside and dumped in the bushes.
Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland said if it wasn't for the neighbor, Peterson, they would be looking at a homicide right now, adding it was a miracle the newborn baby was found in time.
The newborn will remain in the hospital's custody until custody proceedings are finished, Child Protective Services on Friday.
Both the mother and the child were taken to area hospitals, where they were treated. CPS has temporary custody of the child but could determine in the next weeks who the baby girl will live with.
Texas law does allow a person to legally give up a child.
"I heard some crying and whining and crying, and I kept walking until I got closer to the noise", he said. "If you feel like you just can't do it, there's someone out there that can". According to officials, there is also a fire station near the apartment complex where the baby could have been dropped.
"Bro, that's insane. Somebody left their baby out here".