A newborn baby is lucky to be alive after being found abandoned on a porch in 32C heat with her umbilical cord still attached.
The hours-old tot was found by Terrell Phillips on Tuesday.
He spotted a white blanket on a neighbour’s porch in the Pennsylvania town of Upper Darby and decided to investigate.
“I thought it was some sort of animal or something in there at first, but when I saw a little arm I walked over and saw the baby,” Mr Phillips told NBC Philadelphia .
“She was sleeping. No crying. Very quiet. She was just there.”
After confirming that the neighbour did not know the newborn, Mr Phillips called 911.
Police arrived and took the baby – who appeared to have been cleaned up but still had her umbilical cord attached – to Delaware County Hospital.
The baby is now in a good condition at the hospital.
The owner of the house where the newborn was found had been outside that morning, meaning the baby could have been there for hours in the heat.
Under Pennsylvania’s Safe Gaven Law parents can leave a baby that is unharmed and under the age of 28 days in the care of a hospital or at a police station.
However, because the baby was left in public and in high temperatures, her parents could face criminal charges if found.
Upper Darby Police Tweeted that they had received multiple calls from people offering to adopt the baby.
While abandoned babies are not an ordinary thing to come across, they are sadly found from time to time.
In July a one-day-old boy was found crying outside an apartment in Willow Key complex in Orlando.
Police took the tot to hospital and asked neighbours whether they had seen the mother, who appeared to have broken the law by dumping her child.
A handwritten note left next to the abandoned boy said: “I had him in the bathroom alone. His dad tried to kill us.
“Please keep him secret and take him to hospital. Dad a very dangerous man. I’m so sorry. I tried to clean him and feed him.”