CHICAGO — Police say a baby girl was found abandoned near a school in West Town on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Chicago police, the little girl was located after officers were called to the scene along West Ohio Street between North Wolcott Avenue and North Wood Street around 3:45 p.m. Neighbors say that is a busy time in the area when parents pick up their students from Mancel Talcott Public School nearby.

The little girl was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital and neighbors who witnessed the event say she appeared to be unharmed.

Advocates say this story is a reminder of the Safe Haven law in Illinois. Unharmed infants 30 days old or younger can be handed off at a police station or fire station, no questions asked.

Police say the little girl appears to be approximately one-year-old, but advocates say there are still options for families in need.

Visit for more information on the state’s Safe Haven law.