Family wants to raise abandoned baby

NATHAN PAULL
Last updated 18:09 28/07/2013

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A southeast Queensland family who had a baby dumped on their doorstep are prepared to raise the child as their own if the mother is not found.

But Queensland Police are continuing their search for the mum, saying they are concerned for her wellbeing.

The newborn boy, who had been wrapped in blankets and placed in a basket, was found by the family in front of their home in the  Logan City suburb of Kingston, near Brisbane, about 5.30am on Saturday.

The family who found the boy have reportedly already named him Moses, in reference to the biblical prophet who was also found in a basket as a baby.

Detectives on Sunday showed the small wicker basket, blanket and  baby’s clothes to the media in the hopes it might jog someone’s  memory.

They also have been scouring churches and hospitals in the  search for clues about the mother’s identity.But Detective Sergeant Deon Ditton says police suspect the underweight baby, who is no more than a few days old, was born at home before being left at the doorstep with a note pleading for the family to look after him.

He says the family, who are well known and respected in multicultural Logan’s Samoan community, are eager to care for the boy.

The baby appears to be of Samoan or Pacific Islander descent.

Logan Samoa Advisory Council President Lesa Changwai says she has spoken with the family, who are going through a gamut of  emotions.

‘‘They are so surprised and anxious because their feelings are very involved now with the baby,’’ she told AAP.

‘‘They feel that they should be looking after the baby because a note was left for them with their names on top of the note.

‘‘They love the baby now, but it’s out of their hands.’’

Ditton said the family had been with the boy at Logan  Hospital, where he would remain at least until he reached a normal weight. The Department of Child Safety is also involved.

‘‘As far as I’m aware, the baby’s in good health,’’ Ditton told reporters.

He was reluctant to reveal whether detectives had any idea of  who the mother was or what her punishment might be.

But he did have a message for her.

‘‘If the mother is listening, if she could make contact with  police,’’ he said.

‘‘We are obviously concerned for her welfare and also the welfare of the child.’’

Ditton is also calling on anyone who may have been in Juers St around the time the baby was found to come forward.

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Logan churches held special services on Sunday, praying for the wellbeing of the little boy and his mother.

- AAP

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