PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — A baby girl discharged from Florida hospital was found a bathroom stall earlier this week, authorities say.
The baby, believed to be 4 to 6 months old, was disoriented and dirty when she was discovered on Monday in a bathroom stall at a private, city-owned golf course, which is run by St. Johns County, WJXT reported.
As the woman who was leaving the facility saw the baby in the stall, she alerted the staff.
“She tried to go back in there and see if she could catch this child, but it was obviously already gone,” St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chuck Mulligan said.
When she knocked, the staff found the baby still inside the stall, Mulligan said. They quickly called 911.
“When EMS responders arrived, that baby was not only disoriented, she was dirty, but she was breathing,” said St. Johns County Fire Rescue Captain Stephen Doerr.
First responders attempted to revive the child, but could not.
The baby was then taken to a local hospital where doctors said the baby suffered from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which is “where a baby kicks aggressively, and the baby is suffocating,” Mulligan said.
The baby was listed in stable condition, but was still severely dehydrated.
The Florida Department of Children and Families says the toddler’s mother has been interviewed and interviewed another woman in the area. Investigators are trying to determine how the baby came to be in the stall.
No charges have been filed against the child’s mother, according to WJXT.