Baby girl found alone and ‘eating leaves’ at Gold Coast church


The mother of a baby found alone and dehydrated outside a Gold Coast church has been found.

A police spokesman said the mother was located “in the vicinity” of the Elanora church shortly before 6pm.

Officers are investigating how the child, believed to be between one and one and a half years old, came to be alone at the church.

Police were careful to say the girl was found “unaccompanied” rather than “abandoned”.

A baby has been found alone and dehydrated in the front yard of a Gold Coast church, paramedics say.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said emergency services were called to the Uniting Church at Elanora just before 3.45pm to reports of a baby “found abandoned”.

The one-year old girl was taken in a serious but stable condition to the Gold Coast University Hospital, severely hydrated with a cut above her eye.

The spokesman said it appeared the child had been eating leaves outside the church.

A police spokesman said officers were investigating and hoped the parents “weren’t too far away”.

“The girl can walk, but it’s not clear whether she was left where she was found, nearby or if she lives near the area,” police said in a statement appealing for people to identify her.

“The Gold Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit is handling the matter and the girl is currently in police care.”

Elanora Uniting Church pastor Kingsley Neale said the church was usually busy until midday but fairly quiet in the afternoon unless a function was on.

“I’m just flabbergasted,” he said.

“I haven’t heard anything about it so that means to me that none of the church people were doing anything there this afternoon or they’d have known about it and given me a ring.”

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