Police: Mother of baby found in reservoir comes forward

Police say the mother of a deceased baby boy found in a Harwinton reservoir earlier this week came forward on Wednesday.

As News 12 has reported, Bristol Water Department workers found the infant's body in a bag Tuesday morning in Bristol Reservoir Number 4.

Officers say the mother was taken to a hospital for treatment and is not currently facing charges.

State police say the baby was 1 to 2 weeks old. There is still no word on the cause of death or exactly how the child wound up in the reservoir.

While police say there is no indication that the baby was in distress, they relay that there are options for people to pursue if they have an infant for whom they are unable to care.

Doctors at Norwalk Hospital say those seeking to relinquish custody of their newborns can leave babies up to 30 days old at places such as hospitals, churches and police stations, with no questions asked, as part of the state's Safe Havens Act.

Dr. Benjamin Greenblatt thinks more could have been done to avoid the Harwinton situation. He says the safest thing to do with an unwanted child is to bring an infant to the emergency department, where doctors can provide safe care.

Other doctors say parents who find themselves in similar situations often struggle with mental illness, have a lack of social support and resources, and are alienated from their families. They add that there's always help available; it's just a matter of recognizing that it's needed.

"Almost no one will not embrace somebody that asks for help," says Dr. Tom Ayoub.

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