A Fairfax County Judge yesterday granted the Department of Social Services temporary custody of a 9-day-old baby boy who was discovered last weekend on the doorstep of a Fairfax City couple's home.

At a brief, closed-door hearing, substitute Judge Richard J. Colten of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court also appointed Fairfax attorney Brian McCormick as the infant's guardian to protect the baby's legal rights, according to Vincent Picciano, director of court services.

Wrapped in a sheet and a woman's blouse, the baby was left on the doorstep of the home of William and Jane Fedor Saturday night by someone who rang their doorbell and fled. Police said they have been unable to locate or identify the infant's parents to determine whether he was purposely abandoned.

The baby, now in Fairfax Hospital, is expected to be released to the Department of Social Services next week. A department social worker said the infant would be placed in a temporary foster home approved by the agency.

Judge Colten ordered another hearing in the case within 60 days. The court must eventually decide whether to terminate parental rights and grant permanent custody to the department, which would then place the baby for adoption. CAPTION: Picture, This baby boy is expected to be released from Fairfax Hospital next week. By Lucas Perkins - The Washington Post