Authorities are searching for a mother who left her baby on a doorstep of a home on 11th Street in Huntington over the weekend.
A woman opened her front door about 9 p.m. Saturday and found an infant wrapped in a beach towel with a note asking her to care for the baby, said Detective Ted Backus of the Huntington Police Department.
"She was quite startled," Backus said. "This is not a common occurrence in Huntington.
The note asked the resident to provide a good home for the baby because the mother was unable to do so and continued to ask her not to call police, Backus said.
The woman called 911 and authorities took the baby to a local hospital where he remained in intensive care on Monday afternoon, he said. The African-American infant appears to be in good health but is being carefully monitored because officials have no birth information or family history for reference, he said.
The baby appeared to have been born the day he was found, he said.
A woman who was possibly African American was seen in the vicinity by a neighbor who reported she saw her carrying a camouflage backpack.
"Our primary concern is finding the mother and finding out her health is OK," Backus said. "We want to know she was not forced into this action. We are not looking at charges."Anyone with information is asked to call Backus at 304-696-4420, extension 1047.