ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando police say they have found the biological mother of the three newborns who are back in apartment complexes for a period of three years.
The babies were found in 2016, 2017 and in 2019 on different doorsteps. Officers learned last year via DNA evidence, the three are siblings.
The most recent infant was found in July 2019 at Willow Key Apartments on Arnold Palmer Drive. A note found with the baby said the mother left him because she was in fear of the child̵
In October 2017, a baby girl was found with a note in the stairwell at Willow Key Apartments, and in 2016, a baby boy was found at Buena Vista Point Apartments.
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“Much more has been uncovered since then,” said Detective Frank Chisari.
Officials said Wednesday that they have been in contact with their biological mother since late November and were able to track her down with a DNA match. She told authorities she gave birth to all three children herself.
Detectives also revealed that all three infants were from the same mother and father, but do not know the identity of the biological father at this time.
“We are seeking to help the biological mother we have identified and provide her with the services she needs, while still considering what criminal charges she may be missing,” Chisari said.
Investigators at 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 kids in an apartment complex by a door that is unknown to who will take care of them,” Chisari said.
Together with Chief Orlando Rolon, he stressed Florida’s Safe Haven Act, which allows for the delivery of newborn infants aged seven days or younger to a hospital, emergency room or fire station. Parents terminate their parents’ rights when the child is handed over.
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“It is very important that you still follow the law of the state when it comes to handing over your children,” the detective said.
As for siblings, police say all three are healthy. Two of the children are in the same home, one has been adopted and the other is in a nursing home, according to authorities. The third is in another home.
Investigators say both foster parents and adoptive parents have been cooperative in the investigation.
Authorities add that it is an open investigation and that the biological mother is also cooperating with detectives. They take her notes back with the kids into consideration as they further discuss the case with the attorney general’s office. As of Wednesday, no charges have been filed.
“These children were put in great situations, but that will not always be the case,” said the OPD detective.
Rolon asked that if anyone feels they can not take on the stressors of being a parent, they should remember Florida law. Infants can be left in a hospital or fire station.
Click here to read more about Florida’s safe harbor law.
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