Newborn infant abandoned at doctor's office

CORINTH - Authorities are trying to identity the parents of a newborn infant abandoned on the doorstep of a local doctor's office early Thursday morning.

Corinth Police Chief Fred Johnson said Alcorn County 911 received a call about the infant at 4:25 a.m. Thursday from a local pay phone.

The caller, who sounded like a woman, told the dispatcher that there was a baby in need of an ambulance on the doorstep of Dr. Patrick Hsu's office in Doctors Plaza.

Emergency medical service personnel discovered the infant, wrapped in a towel, at the office door. The child, an African-American girl, appeared to be in good condition.

Don Dalton, spokesman for Magnolia Hospital, said the child has been examined and is currently listed in good condition. For the time being, the little girl is being kept in the hospital nursery, he said.

A social worker with the Alcorn County Department of Human Services has been assigned to the case but could not be reached for comment Thursday.

If no one is found or comes forward to claim the infant, she will likely be placed with a foster family, Johnson said.

Corinth police officers currently are interviewing residents in the neighborhood to determine if anyone saw someone acting suspiciously around Hsu's office early Thursday. As yet, no leads have turned up in the case, he said.

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