Baby found in Loudoun pond was full term, authorities say

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The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has released more details about the newborn girl whose body was found in a Sterling pond on Sunday morning.

A preliminary autopsy found that the baby was white or Hispanic, full-term and likely the product of a home birth. It is unclear whether the baby was stillborn or had survived the birth, authorities said.

Loudoun County sheriff Mike Chapman told media outlets that the baby was about 1.8 feet long and 7 pounds. The baby appeared to have been in the pond for no more than a couple of days.

The baby was found at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday by someone who was walking on a path near the pond, which is in the CountrySide area of Sterling.

Members of the sheriff's office are working with child protective services and school resource officers in hopes of identifying the baby's mother. Authorities said that they are concerned about the mother's well being and believe that she may be in need of medical attention.

Anyone with information can call (703) 777-0475.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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Naomi Jagoda

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