NEWAYGO COUNTY (WKZO) -- A newborn baby is alive and well after it was found abandoned along a dirt road in Newaygo County.
Jeff Kopp thought his dog Bobby spotted a rabbit. When Kopp got closer, he realized it was a newborn baby with the umbilical still attached.
Kopp says he normally didn’t walk down that road, but something or someone must have been guiding him, other than the dog. He thinks it was divine intervention.
They later found the mother, who is just 14 and lives nearby.
Both mother and son are at Gerber Hospital in good condition.
The 14-year-old girl could face juvenile charges, and because she is so young, the father could possibly face statutory rape charges.
Apparently the young teen didn’t know that Michigan has a Safe Haven law permitting a new mother to drop off a baby at a hospital, police or fire station, no questions asked.
The law was approved in reaction to a spate of dumpster babies, abandoned and sometimes found too late.
Last year 11 newborns were dropped off in accordance with the law and so far this year 4 have been left with authorities.
The only requirement is that it be done in the first three days after the baby's birth.