Abandoned Newborn Girl Found in Queens

A passerby heard a baby crying at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday at the Woodside Houses

The newborn baby girl found Sunday night in Queens will probably stay at Elmhurt Hospital for the next 72 hours getting antibiotics, but is in otherwise good condition, officials said Monday.

The girl weighs 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and is 20 inches long, hospital officials said.

"The baby seems to be in excellent shape," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a briefing.

Police are still searching for the baby's parents.
A passerby heard a baby crying at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday at the Woodside Houses, a city housing development, and called police.
The baby was wrapped in pillow cases, with its umbilical cord cut, Kelly said. She was determined to be a few hours old, Kelly said.

Residents of the Woodside Houses were shocked and saddened Monday morning that someone would abandon a newborn baby.

"That is very cruel," said Audra Adams, a resident for the last 40 years. "You couldn't knock on somebody's door or take the baby to a hospital or something? This was your only recourse? I hope they find her."

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