Baby abandoned outside church in Jacksonville

— The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found a newborn baby in a trash can outside a church.

The child was taken to an area hospital and listed in good condition Wednesday.

Deputies found the baby girl early Tuesday after receiving a 911 call from a man who would only identify himself as “Mr. Smith.”

The baby was wrapped in a red blanket and covered with blood and afterbirth, with the umbilical cord still attached.

Police urged anyone with thoughts of abandoning a baby to use the Safe Haven law, which allows children up to 7 days old to be dropped at any 24-hour hospital, fire rescue station or emergency medical services station, with no questions asked.

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