On Sunday, an employee at Tucson International Airport in Arizona made a discovery in the women’s bathroom outside a security checkpoint—an abandoned baby.
As WPIX reports, the baby boy was clean and swaddled at the changing table inside the restroom. Authorities claimed the baby appeared to be in good health and is receiving care at a hospital.
Police are now looking for the boy’s mother.
Under Arizona’s Safe Haven Law, passed in 2001, a parent can anonymously leave a newborn less than 72 hours old at a safe haven provider such as a fire station, hospital, or church without the threat of criminal prosecution.
The Safe Haven Law does not extend to airport bathrooms.
Tucson’s airport has a fire station on site. Had the mother left the baby in the care of first responders at the station, she would have been protected under the law, according to WPIX.
The National Safe Haven Alliance states that under Safe Haven law, parents who abandoned their babies unharmed in the care of a responsible adult at a Safe Haven location will not be prosecuted. Locations vary by state, though each state has similar components.
The National Safe Haven Alliance also offers a hotline number: 1-888-510-BABY. To date, 3,500 lives have been saved under Safe Haven law, according to the alliance.
Authorities are reviewing security footage to locate the baby’s mother, WPIX reports.