OKLAHOMA CITY – A newborn baby found dead by a metro dog more than two weeks ago is still waiting to be identified.
Police are still searching for leads but said there is little to no new information coming in.
The medical examiner is still investigating.
Right now, all police know is the baby is a girl and her umbilical cord was still attached when she was found.
Beyond that police don’t even know if the child was born alive or stillborn.
Police said the mother is likely in need of some care both physically and emotionally.
OKC Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said, “We’ve been concerned about the mother because the medical examiner tells us some of the condition in which the baby was found, umbilical cord still attached, caused them to believe the mother could have suffered some sort of trauma.”
Holly Towers, with Lillyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care Services, said, “A woman in this situation is going to have a lot of grief, a lot of shame, maybe feel depressed, probably feel afraid to reach out.”
Towers said regardless of how this child died, it is likely the mother is experiencing a lot of emotional pain.
While no one knows why the baby was abandoned, Towers said this tragic story is a reminder there are always better options for surrendering a baby.
She said, “There are families out there who are willing to open their families and their hearts to a child no matter what.”
Meanwhile, police have searched the area with dogs, Air One and ATVs, even knocking on doors in a nearby neighborhood hoping someone knows something.
Capt. Nelson said, “We even tried to put a tracker on the dog that found the baby to retrace the dog’s steps but the dog’s been spooked and will not return to the area.”
The medical examiner’s office is still waiting on test results they have done on the baby girl which can take anywhere from six to eight weeks.
If you have any information that could help police find the mother of this child you are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 235-7300.