Fulton County

Baby found abandoned in cold just hours after being born

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police say they won't file charges against a teenager who gave birth in her home and left the baby on the front porch.

Neighbors told Channel 2's Tom Jones that they were shocked to learn the newborn was left out in the cold.

“Lot of cops out there, that's all,” one neighbor told Jones.

The neighbor said his wife woke him up in the middle of the night and told him police were next door. The next morning, he learned why.

Officers had been called to the home on Leisure Lane around 3:30 a.m. after someone in the home called saying they found a newborn baby on the porch.

That concerned the neighbor since it was so cold overnight.

“God, don't want to see anybody mistreated,” he told Jones.

The baby still had its umbilical cord attached. Police rushed the child to the hospital.


They say a 17-year-old girl who lives in the home then admitted giving birth to the child. Her family said they had no idea she was pregnant.

“That is just insane,” neighbor Jacola Gillenwater told Jones. 

A woman who lives in the home said she was asleep when everything happened and couldn't speak about the incident. She did not identify herself.

“I'm concerned 'cause it's a baby,” she said. 

Gillenwater said she came home around 9 a.m. Friday and it was cold then.

She couldn't imagine what the newborn went through being on the porch at night.

“I just feel so bad because it was freezing last night, any night. Just to leave a baby outside like ... It's crazy,” Gillenwater told Jones. 

Police say no charges are pending. The teen is in a nearby hospital as well as the baby. Family and children services are now involved in the case.

The mother at the home did not want to comment.