Detroit: Couple finds abandoned baby in their new apartment

A young couple from Cincinnati had the surprise of their life yesterday morning, when they moved into their new apartment in downtown Detroit.

Upon entering their new home, Tyrone Wallace and Latifah King found a newborn baby, wrapped in blankets and abandoned in a cardboard box in the middle of their living room.

They rapidly contacted the police, as well as their landowner, believing that the previous tenants could have somehow forgotten their child when they left.

They learned that the apartment had been unoccupied for more than three months, and that it had probably been used by squatters over the last few weeks.

“When we saw this little girl in the middle of the living room, we thought we were dreaming,” Ms. Jones told CBS. “We have always wanted a child, but unfortunately, I can’t have any. And now, we find this little angel in the middle of our home. This is certainly a sign from God that we have to take care of her.”

The young girl was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan for a medical exam and will be entrusted to the Child Protective Services for the moment, but the couple who saved her has already filed a demand to adopt her.


Detroit Police Chief James Craig said an investigation has been launched to find the baby’s biological parents, who could face charges of child abandonment.

The baby appears to be 4 to 10 weeks old and is pretty healthy, suggesting that she was abandoned less than 24 hours before she was found.

The Detroit Police Department is asking for help from the public to solve this disturbing case, hoping to find the girl’s parents as rapidly as possible.

If you have any information that could help identify the child’s parents, you should contact investigators as soon as possible.