ORLANDO, FL. – Police in Orlando said they found the biological mother of the three newborns who remained in residential complexes for a period of three years.
The babies were found in 2016, 2017 and 2019 at different thresholds. Employees learned last year through DNA evidence, the three are siblings.
The newest baby was found in July 2019 in the Willow Key apartments on Arnold Palmer Drive. A note found with the baby said the mother left him because she was afraid of the child̵
In October 2017, a girl was found with a note on the stairs in the Willow Key apartments, and in 2016 a boy was found in the Buena Vista Point Apartments.
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“Much more has been discovered since then,” said Detective Frank Chizari.
Officials said Wednesday that they have been in contact with their biological mother since late November and have been able to trace her to a DNA match. She told authorities she had given birth to all three children herself.
Detectives also revealed that all three babies are from the same mother and father, but do not currently know the identity of the biological father.
“We are looking to help the biological mother we have identified and provide her with the services she needs, while still considering what criminal charges may lie against her,” Chisari said.
Investigators from the Orlando Police Department say they are working with the Attorney General’s Office to see what charges she may face and how she can be held accountable.
“You can’t just leave your children in a residential complex on the doorstep, it’s unknown where anyone will take care of them,” Chisari said.
Together with the boss, Orlando Rolon emphasizes the Florida Safe Harbor Act, which allows newborn babies of seven or more days to be taken to a hospital, emergency room or fire station. Parents terminate their parental rights when the baby is handed over.
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“It is very important that you still comply with state law when it comes to handing over your children,” the detective said.
As for the siblings, police say all three are healthy. Two of the children are in a home, one has been adopted and the other is in foster care, according to authorities. The third is in a different home.
Investigators say both foster parents and adoptive parents co-operated in the investigation.
Authorities added that it was an open criminal investigation and that the biological mother was also cooperating with detectives. They take note of her notes left with the children as they discuss the case with the state prosecutor’s office. No charges have been filed as of Wednesday.
“These kids were put in fantastic situations, but that won’t always be the case,” said the OPD detective.
Rolon asked that if anyone felt they couldn’t handle the stressors, that they were a parent, they should remember the Florida law. Babies can be left in a hospital or fire station.
Click here to read more about Florida’s safe haven law.
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