Indiana 9-year-old discovers newborn with umbilical cord still attached in backyard

LOWELL, Ind. – Police in northwest Indiana are investigating a report of an abandoned baby.

Officers responded to a call in the 18000 block of White Oak Ave in Lowell around 11 a.m. Monday.

Officials say a 9-year-old girl discovered the baby while playing in the backyard of her family’s home.

The newborn was discovered in the sun, wrapped in a black towel, with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached, police say.

The girl’s mother took the baby inside and called police.

The baby was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities are attempting to locate the baby’s mother.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Report-A-Crime Hotline at 1-800-750-2746.