Breastfeeding Police Officer Saves Abandoned Newborn’s Life

Rachel Grumman Bender
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A police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to save a baby’s life.

Officer Luisa Fernanda Urrea, who recently became a mom herself, was called to a scene in a remote forest in Colombia after an abandoned infant was found. A local woman, Edinora Jimenez, discovered the crying baby in the undergrowth of the forest. “I was collecting some oranges when I heard something crying,” Jimenez told a local news source, as reported by the Huffington Post Thursday.

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She added, “I thought it was a cat until I looked closer and saw that it was a baby girl.”

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The infant, who still had part of her umbilical cord attached, was starving and facing hypothermia, so Urrea breastfed her, saving her life. “I’m a new mother and I have milk, and I recognized the needs that this poor little creature had,” Urrea told the local news. “I think any woman would have given her nourishment in the same circumstances.”

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The Colombian Family Welfare Institute is now caring for the infant while it finds an adoptive home for her. In the meantime, police are searching for the mother, who may face criminal 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.”

(Photos: CEN)

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