Mother of baby found abandoned in Manhattan located

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Police in Manhattan confirm they have located the mother of a baby found near Manhatan Ave. and Kimball Ave.

Riley County Police Dept. spokesperson Hali Rowland said the child was found around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities believe the child was abandoned under the Safe Haven Law, which decriminalizes the leaving of unharmed infants with private persons in order for the child to become a ward of the state.

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Police would not say whether the child was found inside a residence, or at some other location. They also declined to provide further details about the child's gender or approximate age.

"At this time there is limited information I can release to not compromise the investigation," Rowland told 13 NEWS.

RCPD said the child was taken to Stormont Vail in Topeka as a precaution.

Rowland said the investigation is ongoing.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the infant had been found deceased.