A NEWBORN baby has been found abandoned, dumped outside a hospital in Western Australia.
The baby, believed to be less than 24-hours-old, was reportedly left in front of the nurses’ quarters, across the road from the local hospital in Geraldton, 400km north of Perth, on Saturday morning.
It’s understood residents who live close to the hospital raised the alarm about 7am after hearing the baby crying.
The infant was taken to the hospital where it is being looked after by nurses and is reported to be in good health.
Concerned for the baby’s mother’s welfare, Geraldton detectives urged her to come forward and contact police as it was likely she would require medical attention.
She was located more than four hours later, about 11.30am, and also taken to hospital for assessment.
It”s the second time a newborn baby has been abandoned in Western Australia in four months.
A baby boy was left in a box outside a medical centre in Booragoon, in Perth’s south in March.
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