Infant abandoned in DeBary doing well

6-week-old girl in good health, officials say

DeBARY, Fla. - A baby girl who was supposed to have been left at a Central Florida fire station is doing well in state custody.

Department of Children and Families spokesman John Harrell told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the now 6-week-old girl is in good health. She was rescued by a newspaper delivery carrier in DeBary on Dec. 16 because her mother didn't want her.

The child spent a few days at an Orlando children's hospital.

Officials say a 53-year-old man who was dating the child's mother told them he found the baby outside a convenience store in 40-degree weather. Deputies later learned the mother had asked him to leave the child at the fire station.

The man instead flagged down a newspaper carrier and told him he found the child outside a convenience store.  The carrier then called 911.

For now, the child remains in DCF custody.

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