A baby girl found on the side of a road in Maryland on Saturday is in the custody of the Department of Social Services after police charged her mother with child neglect.
Sandra Clara McClary, 26, of Baltimore, claimed to be the child’s mother on Sunday after the Anne Arundel County Police Department released a photo of the baby and asked, “Do you know the parent of this baby?” according to CNN
. McClary is now facing child neglect and reckless endangerment charges in the wake of accusations stating that she took her 2- or 3-month-old daughter out of a her car and left her on the side of the road, where a neighborhood resident later discovered her.
The baby, who was found just before midnight on Saturday in a mysteriously scuffed-up car seat with a diaper bag, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for dehydration, though she is now in good condition, according to ABC News
“Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate that the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle,” the police said in a Facebook post
The police investigation is ongoing, although investigators have warned against snap judgments. McClary initially told the investigators that the baby’s father was supposed to have her with him at the time of her disappearance, although neither one of the baby’s parents knew where she was, according to ABC News.
“We're most fortunate that the child is not harmed and appears to be in good condition," Lt. T.J. Smith said, according to CNN. “It's important for people to understand the laws associated with not being able to take care of your child. You can't leave a 2- to 3-month-old on the side of the road. End of story. So it would be serious charges if we got to a point where we found out that someone did that on purpose. Our main concern is the safety and the well-being of the child. Right now, we're taking it slow to try to figure it out.”
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