Newborn left in dirty motel room

June 1, 2009 4:33:25 PM PDT
A newborn is being cared for at a hospital after being found abandoned -- umbilical cord still attached -- in a West Springfield motel room littered with empty beer cans. Police said the baby was discovered early Saturday by a couple returning to the room next door at the Welcome Inn.

Kimberly Dougherty told the Republican newspaper of Springfield that she heard a weak cry coming from the next room. The door was ajar and when she entered, she found the baby girl lying on her back in the middle of a double bed.

Dougherty said she and her husband wrapped the baby in towels until paramedics arrived and took the infant to Baystate Medical Center.

Dougherty guessed that the baby was only an hour or two old. Investigators are trying to track down the mother.

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