Baby left with church in small town of North

By Logan Smith - email

NORTH, SC (WIS) - A young woman left a baby with a church pastor in the town of North on Monday afternoon and now authorities are trying to identify the child.

North Police Chief Mark Fallaw said a woman about 18-22 years old went to the parsonage of North Pentecostal Church and told the pastor she wanted to drop boy off under Daniel's Law.

Daniel's Law, named for an infant who survived being buried in a landfill soon after his birth, allows mothers to safely abandon newborns at designated "Safe Havens" without risk of prosecution.

However, the law only applies to infants up to 30 days old, according to the Department of Social Services.

The pastor said the woman told him the baby's name is Zachary before leaving the baby with him.

Chief Fallaw said the baby had several bumps and bruises, and was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland. He was released late Monday night.

Authorities are looking for any information that could help them identify the child. Fallaw said they are calling him "Baby Zachary" for now, but emphasized that Zachary may not be his real name.

Fallaw said the baby is a white male between 12 and 18-months-old. So far, officials have not provided a picture of the child.

Police are working with the State Law Enforcement Division to find out if there have been any abductions in the last year which could be related.

Anyone who has information on the identity of the baby can call the North Police Department at 803-247-5801 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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