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Newborn abandoned on Tamuning doorstep

by Nick Delgado

A shocking case has made many an island resident shake their heads in disbelief: a baby girl, merely a few hours old, was found abandoned at the front porch of a Tamuning condominium complex this morning.  Police are asking the public's help in finding the parents of the infant. 

One woman detailed her horrifying experience after returning home this morning to find the crying and unclothed infant on her doorstep.

Seon Hui Pak was in shock when she returned home from shopping to the Dai Ichi Condos in Tamuning this morning.  At her doorstep was a newborn baby girl - unclothed and crying.  Seon's son, Andrew, says his mother didn't know what to do, telling KUAM News, "She was surprised, then she called her friend Mark, then she called the police."

Pak's niece Olivia Chun says they later learned that the baby, left abandoned by someone, was only a few hours old.  "She said that the baby was only born two or three hours ago when it was found, because when she called the ambulance, they came and told her it was only a newborn," she explained.

Local photographer Steve Hardy was nearby and heard the newborn's cries and Pak's desperation for help, recalling, "I didn't believe it, but when I saw it the baby had a two-inch or about an inch umbilical cord still on her, and she had dry blood, she didn't have no clothes on, she was just laying on the bench, and it was pretty heartbreaking when we saw her."

Paramedics arrived on the scene and believe the baby, who may be of Asian descent, may have had a broken ankle.  She is in good hands now though, in the Guam Memorial Hospital's pediatric ward - warm, safe and fed.  The Guam Police Department meanwhile is investigating, conducting interviews at local clinics and residents at the Dai Ichi Condo as they try to identify who was responsible for abandoning the baby.

Police officers with the Frankie E. Smith Police Station, who have named the baby "Hope", are optimistic that she will get to a loving and safe home with the help of Child Protective Services.  Meanwhile, some witness statements indicate that there was either a young man or two women inside a blue or turquoise sedan in the area around the time the baby was found.

Anyone with information is asked to call GPD at 472-8911 or Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP (4357).

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