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ADOPTION CALLS POURING IN AS POLICE SEARCH FOR ABANDONED BABY’S MOM

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Southern Utah State College police are still looking for the mother of a newborn baby found Saturday in a restroom at the school but say they have some new leads in the case.

Meanwhile, the Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City has received more than 100 calls from people wanting to adopt the baby."We have had some new information come to light and we want to investigate it further," Chief Jim Turner said. "I don't want to say much about it except that we know more today than yesterday and we're encouraged."

Turner said hospital personnel have named the baby "Amanda," and he believes she will be released from the hospital this week.

"We're just tickled that we have a real good, healthy baby," he said.

But Turner said his first concern is for the health of the mother. He said his office has contacted medical clinics and hospitals for several hundred miles in all directions.

"There are a lot of little clinics out there and I think we have reached about half of them," he said. "We're just going to keep on pushing, our real concern is the safety and welfare of the mother but we have no indication she has reported to any of the clinics around us," he said.

The infant was discovered Saturday about 5:30 p.m. by two Cedar City residents, Raquel Eves and Maria Oman.

Turner said the child was naked and her body temperature was dangerously low when she was found.

"If they hadn't wandered into the restroom, she would have never made it through the weekend," he said.