STERLING, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says an autopsy shows that the newborn found in a pond in Sterling appeared to be full term.
Deputies said Monday that the medical examiner reported that the delivery was probably a home birth and it was not clear if the female infant survived the birth.
They also noted that the baby didn’t have any food in its stomach when it died.
The infant girl was no more than few days old when she was found floating just under the surface of the water in a pond along Awsley Court off Algonkian Parkway on Sunday morning, medical officials said.
The baby was 1.8 feet long and weighed just more than 7 pounds when it was pulled from the water just before noon Sunday, when police received a call from a passerby who noticed the baby in the water.
As part of the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is working with child protective services and school resource officers to try to determine if there is a young woman living in the area who may require a doctor’s attention.
Police are encouraging the mother to come forward and seek medical help.
“It’s frightening and it’s really, really sad,” said Rita Chambers, a neighbor. “Somebody must have been very, very desperate to do that.”