A police officer has been credited for going beyond the call of duty by breastfeeding an abandoned baby.
Luisa Fernanda Urrea, a police officer and new mother, had been called to a remote forest settlement in Colombia where the baby had been found in undergrowth. The baby was starving and at risk of hypothermia so while waiting for the ambulance she started breastfeeding the girl. More after the cut…
But modest Luisa told local media: ‘I’m a new mother and I have milk and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had.’ ‘I think any woman would have given her nourish breastfeeding in the same circumstances.’ She added.
Edinora Jimenez, 59, who found the baby, said: ‘I was collecting some oranges when I heard something crying. ‘I thought it was a cat until I looked closer and saw that it was a baby girl.’
Local police commandant Javier Martin told how the baby was so recently born she still had part of her umbilical cord attached.
He added: ‘The girl had some lacerations and was suffering from hypothermia. However, she was treated quickly and is now in good health.’
The infant is now being cared for by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF), who are searching for an adoptive home. Now police and health officials are searching for the baby’s birth mother, who may face attempted murder charges.
Orphanage director Jhon Arley Murillo said: ‘We could be dealing with a case of attempted homicide, although it’s the prosecutor who will decide the charge.’