Fourteen-year-old Malik Carroll was not prepared for what he found on his doorstep on Friday morning. A baby boy was lying on a doormat in front of the teen’s home, snuggled in an Adidas jacket.
“I picked the baby up and my mom was coming downstairs,” Malik said. “And I said, ‘Mom, I found a baby.’ So I handed it to my mother.”
The home just happened to belong to Reverend Charles Carroll, who operates the New Creations Deliverance Ministries in Annapolis. Malik’s mother carried the child inside and called 911.
Police arrived at the Carroll home at the 2000 block of Forest Drive at around 6:37 a.m.
The baby was transported to the Anne Arundel Medical Center and appeared to be in good health, said Annapolis police spokeswoman, Corporal Amy Miguez.
Police are concerned about the mother’s health, since she is probably in need of medical attention. The baby is believed to be Hispanic.
Maryland’s safe haven law permits mothers to leave their infant at law enforcement precincts and hospitals. The mother of the infant failed to comply with that law, but the county’s State’s Attorney’s Office guarantees the mother will not be charged, if she comes forward, Miguez said.
“We would love to put out a release that said, ‘Please come forward, you won’t be charged,’ but we can’t do that right now,” Miguez said.
In 2015, a similar incident occurred, where a mother left her baby on the side of a Pasadena road. In this case, the mother was charged with reckless endangerment and child neglect.