UPDATE: Despite issuing a press release characterizing this incident as a baby being abandoned, Lt. Al Days of the Racine Police Department, said the baby is not being considered abandoned. Rather the call is being changed to a “rescue run.”

Days issued the following in a written statement:

“After additional information gained this morning, the news release of an abandoned baby has been changed to a rescue run of a child-birth. Police responded with rescue due to the initial details of the call. Today after additional research, it is not being considered an abandoned new-born.”

No further explanation was given about why the call was changed. We’re working to gather more information.

Original story: A newborn baby was found outside a residence in the 3600 block of Princess Place and Racine Police learned that the child’s 17-year-old mother had left the baby outside a home.

After discovering the baby at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, the homeowner took the infant inside and called the police.Investigators learned that the 17-year-old girl did not know she was pregnant. When the girl went into labor inside her home, she “panicked when the child was born,” according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

The baby and mother were taken to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — Women and Infant Unit for aftercare. No charges have been filed against the mother.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any information anyone may have regarding this crime. Witnesses or citizens with additional information are encouraged to contact the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756. Or, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, or by texting their tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.