Baby Jane Doe, an hours-old baby found abandoned on the front porch of a Northwest Washington home April 15, has been given a new home and a name, the D.C. Department of Human Services said yesterday.
The child has been discharged from Children's Hospital and placed in a Southeast foster home, where she is being cared for by a couple in their early 30s, according to Barbara Battle, a supervisor in the department's child and family services division.
The couple, whom Battle declined to identify, have been foster parents for several years and live in a three-bedroom house. The husband works in the medical profession and the wife is a homemaker, Battle said.
"The foster parents have two other young children in their home, a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old," said Battle. "There was room for one more child so we called them. They are calling their new baby 'April.' "
Meanwhile, D.C. police said yesterday that they are continuing to search for the mother of the infant girl who was found on the porch of a home on Rock Creek Church Road NW wrapped in pieces of a sheet and blanket. The abandoned girl was less than 3 days old and weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces when she was found, hospital officials said. The baby was the youngest found abandoned in the city in memory, according to city officials.
Battle said that "If her mother or the mother's family does not come forward, the infant will be adopted. She could be adopted by the end of the year, possibly by the foster parents."