A baby who was found recently inside a drainage pipe inside a medical facility in northern New Zealand has been discharged from the hospital, local media reports.
The baby, named Amber, had been reported missing by her family more than a week earlier.
The New Zealand Herald reports that staff at Auckland’s Mt Eden Hospital put up posters after she was found and questioned hospital staff.
Authorities then determined she wasn’t under the care of a doctor in the first place, instead being taken to a facility that services the special needs community.
“I would urge parents to be mindful of how they care for their children, and make sure they take a shower regularly, they are carried to and from food and drinking,” Dr. Tom Ivey, the Forensic Toxicologist at Mt Eden Hospital told Morning Report.
However, local residents have expressed sympathy for the young girl’s family.
“We have a big love affair for missing girls. It brings a lot of fear to you, but as soon as I heard the name of this little girl, I think that was comfort for the family,” witness Ralph Munro told Seven News New Zealand.
The mother of Amber has not been named. The Australian Associated Press reported last week that they believed the child was about 2 months old.