Police are searching for the parents of the two-day-old baby girl abandoned in
east Jerusalem early Saturday evening on the doorstep of a home off Hanevi’im
Street, near Damascus Gate, on the outskirts of the Old City.
to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the newborn, who was left on the doorstep
for one to two hours before being found at 6 in the afternoon, is in good health
and is being cared for at Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s
Mount Scopus, following a series of tests.
“The people who found the baby
handed it over as quickly as possible,” Rosenfeld said Sunday. “We’re
lucky they found her during daylight – if it was night, she may have been left
out there far longer.”
Rosenfeld said the note attached to the newborn,
who was dressed in a pink jumpsuit and diapers – her umbilical cord still
attached – was written in Arabic, stating, “This is my baby Usama. Take
care of her.”
One of the MDA paramedics who treated the baby, and
requested anonymity, said that the family that found the infant cared for her
until paramedics arrived on the scene to examine the infant and administer
“I’ve seen many shocking cases, but it’s indescribable
holding a two-day-old crying baby and not knowing who she belongs to,” the
paramedic told area media.
Rosenfeld added that police are conducting
interviews with neighbors and residents living in the area to resolve who the
baby’s parents are.
“At the moment we’re following a number of leads in
an active investigation to determine who the parents are and the circumstances
behind this,” said Rosenfeld. “We hope to find the answer
If the parents cannot be found, the newborn will be turned over
to the child welfare authorities.