Police are investigating a lead in the case of the abandoned newborn in Newton. At noon on Wednesday, a Moulton Street resident found an infant on his front doorstep, according to Newton police.

Police are investigating a lead in the case of the abandoned newborn in Newton.


At noon on Wednesday, a Moulton Street resident found an infant on his front doorstep, according to Newton police.


The baby girl, who was taken to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital and is in fine health, was determined to be only a few hours old. 


Now police have an eyewitness account they hope can lead them to the mother.


A witness reported that the front stoop of the Moulton Street home on which the infant was found was empty at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday.


At 11:35 a.m., when the witness was several homes away, he saw a dark green Volkswagen Jetta speed down the street.


The driver was a black female wearing glasses. She had long black hair and red lipstick. There was a second individual in the vehicle who was slumped down. “The witness was unable to get a good look at her,” said Lt. Bruce Apotheker, spokesman for the Newton Police Department.


Because the mother did not leave the child in a designated “Baby Safe Haven,” she could face charges of abandonment of a child and child endangerment. A 2004 law permits mothers to leave newborns younger than seven days at state designated sites including a hospital, police station or fire station and not face criminal charges. Unless the mother comes forth to claim the child, the infant will be transferred to the State Department of Children and Families.


Newton-Wellesley Hospital officials are urging the mother to seek medical attention.