UPDATE: Mother identified, charged for abandoning child on doorstep in west Atlanta
UPDATE: A 22-year-old woman will be facing several charges after police say she called in to check the condition of an infant she allegedly left on a doorstep after giving birth to her.
Police were first called to the 1500 block of Mary George Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a resident there heard noises coming from her front porch and discovered the source - a baby girl wrapped in a white blanket that was crying. Police said the child had no signs of injury and was taken in by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
Later the same day, police said that investigators with the Atlanta Police Department's Special Victims Unit began a follow-up investigation into the abandoned child. During that investigation, a woman claiming to be the child's mother, contacted police asking about the child's condition.
That woman, later identified as Doretha Burkes, first told police she was homeless and had left the child on the doorstep because she couldn't care for her.
However, further investigation found that not to be true. Police said Burkes actually lived with her mother in southwest Atlanta and had been afraid to tell anyone she was pregnant.
"She gave birth to the child in secret, then took the newborn and placed her on a doorstep," the police department said.
Burke will now be charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and felony counts of cruelty to children and providing false information to police.
Following the discovery of the child, police said she was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is said to still be in good condition.
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The newborn was found crying and wrapped in a white blanket outside a home at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to authorities.
The baby was taken to the hospital and was said to be "in good health and had no signs of injury," police spokesman Anthony Grant said.
Freida Burston told NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta that she usually sleeps through the night but that morning she woke up to get a glass of water when she heard a baby crying.
"God woke me up and said, 'Go up front,'" she told the outlet. "So that's how I went up front and saw the baby crying."
Burston said the umbilical cord was still attached, and a first responder cut it on her living room couch before taking the baby away.
Police body camera video released by authorities showed an officer speaking with two emergency medical technicians as the baby cried in the background. One of the first responders told the officer the baby girl appeared to be only five hours old.
Authorities declined to release information on the baby's mother. Burston told WXIA that she would take the baby if the parents are not found.
Police said Georgia's Department of Family and Child Services were notified of the incident. The agency did not immediately return a request for comment.
Under the state's Safe Haven law, mothers will not face criminal charges if they leave their baby with a worker at a police station, fire department, or hospital within 30 days of the birth. The mother can also remain anonymous.