CORSICANA -- Police in Corsicana are trying to find the mother of a newborn baby boy who was left at a residence in the 500 block of North 38th Street in Corsicana Sunday night.
The newborn was wrapped in a towel inside a pillow case, which was inside a handbag, which was left by the door under a carport at the residence.
Phil Brown and his wife were settling in for the night at home when she heard a noise.
"She said, 'There is something out there,'" Mr. Brown said. "So, I went to the door and I didn't hear anything. Then, all of a sudden, I heard something like a dog whimpering."
He peaked outside near the carport, only to find a handbag moving.
"I picked it up and said, 'Somebody left us a dog -- a little puppy,' and then, when I picked it up and got it in the house, it started crying, and I went, 'It's a baby.'"
With no kids of their own, the Browns did what felt natural and started singing to the baby.
"It's stuff you see happen in movies," Brown said. "When it happens to you, you just don't believe it."
At 8:53 p.m. Corsicana police and EMS personnel responded and discovered the child's umbilical cord was still attached. The male newborn, described as white or Hispanic, was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment and Child Protective Services was notified.
Corsicana police notified law enforcement agencies and hospitals in the region of the abandoned baby in case they encounter a woman who appears to have recently given birth and needs medical attention. Corsicana ISD officials were also notified.
For the Browns, the image of the young boy struggling for life haunts their thoughts.
"Of course, neither one of us slept good last night thinking about the baby and just wondering how it was," Mr. Brown said. "We are just glad we were home and she heard it... It could have been a lot worse."
Anyone with information that may help identify the mother of the newborn is strongly encouraged to contact the Corsicana Police Department at 903-654-4902 or Det. Greg Cloud at 903-654-4914.