x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Abandoned baby found at work site

The infant was brought to Al Qassimi hospital in Sharjah and is said to be in good health.

A newborn was found in a building under construction on Friday in the Badee' area of Sharjah.

Al Ittihad newspaper reported yesterday that the baby was admitted to Al Qassimi Hospital and is in good health. An investigation determined that he was only a few days old.

Naema Khameas Al Nakhi, head of social services at the hospital, said cases of abandoned babies were common at the hospital. Once admitted, the baby is checked to ensure his condition is stable and then transferred to a care home in the emirate.

Ms Al Nakhi said the abandoned baby has been transferred to the children's section of the hospital. The hospital will issue a health insurance card so he can be vaccinated.

Babies who have been abandoned are returned to the hospital for regular visits until the age of 5 or 6.

A police source said an ambulance and a police car were sent to the construction site once the incident was reported. Police are trying to find the baby's parents and determine who abandoned the baby.

This is the second recently abandoned baby in Sharjah. Last month a baby was found in a bag hanging from the side mirror of a car.