Sketches released of possible parents in abandoned Baby Chloe case

Authorities note that the renderings of the baby's parents are based solely on the baby's photo and not on the description by any possible witness(es).
February 27, 2013 8:31:15 PM PST
The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released composite sketches of what the parents of an abandoned newborn may look like in hopes that the baby's parents are found.

It's been more than a week since the newborn was discovered at an apartment complex located at 11111 Grant Road by a resident walking her dog. Chloe was wrapped in a plastic Walmart bag near a fence. She weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces. She was taken to Texas Children's Hospital for treatment and then placed in a foster home.

The forensic artist who made the sketches has helped solve scores of crimes and her latest sketches are based only on the baby's pictures and her gut instincts.

The story of Baby Chloe is familiar to those who live near the Cypress neighborhood where she was found.

"It's tragic because I have a little girl and it just hit home," one area resident said.

But sketches of possible parents were not.

"They don't look familiar at all," another area resident said.

It's a family puzzle the Harris County Sheriff's Office is trying to piece together. After 30 years and 4,500 sketches, this was a first for Lois Gibson.

"If this solves it, if this brings the parents forward, identifies them, I'll be excited because it's a new ground -- I'm a pioneer and it's new ground I've broken," Gibson said.

She age progressed Chloe using pastels to create two parents.

"I just hope somebody recognizes the features. Please understand everybody, maybe she looks more like one -- the man or the woman -- or maybe there's a mixture," Gibson said.

The image of baby Chloe is on the minds of many.

"There's a story behind every case. You can't look at it just one sidedly. Everybody has their own version. I just hope that when it comes down to it, their side makes a little bit more sense," one resident said.

Gibson did her job extending that vision. It will be up to the public from here.

"I'll keep my eyes out for sure," a resident said.

Investigators say Chloe appears to be a late pre-term baby, maybe 36 to 37 weeks gestation. Also, the newborn already has one bottom tooth -- possibly a unique genetic trait.

Authorities note that the renderings of the baby's parents are based solely on the baby's photo and not on the description by any possible witness(es).

The baby, who is currently in custody of Child Protective Services, is doing fine.

It's possible the child's mother could face criminal charges. A court hearing on this case is scheduled for next week.

Anyone with information as to the parent's identification and/or location is urged to call the HCSO Crimes Against Children Unit at 713-830-3250 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
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