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Child abandoned in shopping bag gets a name

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Not even a week old, an infant has already captured the hearts of many Houstonians after she was discovered in a shopping bag.  It's not a permanent name, but hospital personnel call the little girl "Chloe."

With a few cameras snapping photos and taking video, it doesn't appear she's at all shy, just sleepy after a rough couple of nights.

Estella Olguin, spokesperson for child protective services, says the baby weighed in at four pounds 12 ounces.

"The doctors believe she had been born two hours prior to being found," says Olguin. 

Chloe is in foster care now and may soon have a different name but nothing will change this little girl's story.

She was found in a shopping bag outside an apartment complex in Cypress; a woman walking her dog made the discovery just before 7 p.m. last Tuesday.

"With the umbilical cord attached, no clothing and so 911 was immediately called but that baby was lucky," says Olguin. 

According to Olguin, "Chloe" makes baby number 59 on a list of others found in similar instances throughout the greater Houston area.

"We want to see if there are any relatives out there, parents who would be willing to raise her but also to just get more information about the baby."

Olguin also mentioned how CPS has been keeping record of these types of cases since 1998 and at one point nine infants were left abandoned in less that a year. That's what prompted law makers to come up with the baby Moses Law.

"Really the law was intended so that the parent can hand the baby over and the baby can get immediate medical attention, but too often babies are left abandoned leaving it up to what some would call chance , luck or maybe even fate that someone will find them just like baby Chloe," says Olguin.

"We don't know anything about her genetic, family medical history, and so she's now going to an adoptive home or foster home."

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