WEEHAWKEN AND BEYOND -- A baby was apparently abandoned on the steps of Weehawken High School Friday afternoon around lunchtime, according to Weehawken Public Safety Director Jeff Welz. The baby girl was found within a few minutes of being left, and was brought into the Superintendent's Office while authorities were called to the scene.
Welz said that the baby, who doctors are estimating is between 1 to 2 months old, had a bruised knot on her head and has been admitted to an area hospital for head trauma. Welz added that the baby did appear well nourished otherwise.
The girl's mother, a 37-year-old Weehawken resident, was found by authorities a few blocks away in a strange emotional state, Welz said. She is currently being interviewed by police who are also investigating whether or not the baby was abused.
The whereabouts of the baby's father are currently unknown.
If you are suffering from postpartum depression or any issue related to birth, pregnancy or loss, you can call a state hotline: 800-328-3838. In addition, a state "Safe Haven" law signed in 2000 allows you to drop off a baby with workers at a hospital or police station without any questions being asked, in an effort to avoid situations in which babies are abandoned in unsafe places. The hotline is 877-839-2339.