Scooped up baby a mystery

The African-American girl apparently fell out of a car. Police want to find out if she's okay.

By EILEEN SCHULTE, Times Staff Writer
Published November 15, 2007

At first, police said, the woman thought a doll had bounced out of the car ahead of her and landed on the pavement.

Then a tiny leg moved.

Confused, she braked, got out and picked up the baby, a girl not more than a year old, her hair done up in small braids.

That's about when the car the infant flew out of came to a halt.

"A female gets out and runs back to the baby and said, 'That's my baby and I'm taking it to the hospital,' " said Largo police Lt. Mike Loux.

The accident took place at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday at 66th Street and Ulmerton Road - one of Pinellas County's busiest and least child-friendly intersections.

After the bizarre drama made news Wednesday morning, police got several calls about the infant.

But the mystery remained unsolved. No one matching the description of the child showed up in any local emergency room police checked, nor did they find the mother or child.

The incident began with a line of cars in the left-turn lane of 66th Street waiting to pull onto Ulmerton Road and head west.

When the vehicles began to move forward, what might have been the rear passenger-side door of one of the cars popped open. The baby, an African-American girl about 10 to 12 months old in a white outfit, fell out.

Wednesday, police would not identify the woman who stopped and tried to help the child. They also said they might not have a good description of the woman who collected the baby and took off or the vehicle she drove away.

Police want to find the baby to make sure she's okay, Loux said.

Investigators hope the woman steps forward. If she does, he said, charges may or may not be filed.

Eileen Schulte can be reached at schulte@sptimes.com or 727 445-4153.