Police are looking for a mother who they say abandoned her newborn at a home in Springfield, Massachusetts over the weekend, CBS Boston reported.
On a cold Sunday evening, Juliannas Aviles and her husband returned home to find a little boy hiding in a reclining car seat, cold and crying.
“As a mother, I don’t know how anyone could do that,” Juliannas told the radio station. said. “His face was so swollen, his legs were red and very swollen, his whole body was cracked, his hands were cracked – he needed medical attention.”
The newborn was out of the house for two days, wrapped in blankets.
Police believe the baby was abandoned from Friday evening until Sunday evening, when the Aviles returned from a weekend getaway in Boston.
Juliannis kept the baby warm while her husband ran to their neighbor Marilyn White for help. She saw the car seat and thought it was a bag since the Avilas have small children.
“I looked into the eyes of the child, all you could see were those swollen eyes from so many tears. It was so devastating. It broke my heart into pieces,” said Marilyn White.
The baby was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he received treatment.
Now the police are looking for his mother, and they – and those who saved his life – have a lot of questions.
“I hope mom gets help, we all know she needs help,” Juliannis said. “I hope she can get help.”
The family hopes to adopt the child they helped, give them a second chance. “We saved his life, he was meant for us,” Juliannis said. “He was supposed to be with us.”
Police are investigating CCTV footage from the area where the boy was found.
Massachusetts is a “baby sanctuary” state, which means parents can legally take a newborn seven days old or younger to a hospital, police station, or fire department without being prosecuted.