Police are asking the public's help in identifying a baby that was left abandoned in a basket on the lawn of a local fire station in East Sparta Monday morning.
Magnolia Police Chief Jeff Hager said two Tri-Division Ambulance paramedics found the baby when they were returning from a call around 9:27 a.m.
Hager said it appears the baby was left outside for about an hour. The day-old girl was taken to Aultman hospital and is currently in good health. Because the baby was left outside, Hager said the baby did have a slightly lower-than-normal temperature .
Ohio's Safe Haven laws allows parents to turn a baby in, before the child is 30 days old, to a medical worker in a hospital, a medical worker at a fire department or other emergency service agency, or a peace officer at a law enforcement agency, without any legal consequences.
"(The law) was not followed," Hager said. "The baby was left outside in a basket and it was not handed over to anybody."
Authorities are looking for the person(s) who is responsible for leaving the child outside because they did not follow Ohio’s Safe Haven law.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Magnolia Police Department at (330) 866-9434.