Wednesday 23 May, 2018

UPDATE: Police seek help locating family of newborn abandoned at KFC

A police officer holds a baby girl that was found inside the bathroom of a KFC outlet in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Saturday.

A police officer holds a baby girl that was found inside the bathroom of a KFC outlet in Old Harbour, St Catherine on Saturday.

Police in Old Harbour, St Catherine are seeking the public's assistance in locating the family members of a baby girl who was found inside a KFC restaurant in the town on Saturday.

She is of brown complexion and appears to be about three days old, the police said.

Reports are that at about 7 pm Saturday, the child was found abandoned inside the bathroom of the restaurant, wrapped in a multi-coloured blanket.

The police were summoned and the child taken to hospital for examination.

The discovery of the child has triggered social media debate around the speculated abandonment of the newborn by her mother. 

Some persons, such as Rachel Walker, are of the view that the abandonment of a child in that manner is "evil".

"And here's me with my infertile self ,crying for a child. I'm 35 years old and single. I want a child and these evil mothers are abandoning their newborns. I tell ya the devil busy as hell. I'm so pissed," Walker said in response to an earlier Loop Jamaica story on the incident.

Others, however, defended the action, with some even branding the mother as being "good" for apparently leaving the baby in a public place so that the child can be placed with someone who can better take care of her.

"Not saying she is right, but I think she is better than a lot of young ladies today; she had the baby but maybe she knew she won't be able to take care of her so she placed her that someone would find her and place her in the care of someone who is able to give her a better life," said Tracey Dixon, adding "yu have some wutlis gal out there - is a scandal bag yu woulda find that baby in dead, at least she gave her a shot at life."

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials are appealing to anyone who may be able to locate the child's family to contact the Old Harbour Police at 983-2255, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.