By Shannon Najmabadi
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Police are searching for the parents of a 12 month old girl, who allegedly abandoned their baby in a downtown park over the weekend, according to the Shanghai Daily.
The baby is said to be afflicted with cerebral palsy and was discovered late Saturday night, alone in a stroller in Huajing Park, in Xuhui district.
A passerby surnamed Meng was taking a walk at the time and found the stroller. After waiting for several minutes, during which time no one arrived to claim the baby, Meng called the police.
While Meng reported that the stroller contained a feeding bottle, two pieces of clothing, and several bottles of pills, police could find no identification papers or contact information with the girl.
The baby is now in the hospital, and the hospital is contacting welfare organizations to arrange care for her.
According to lawyers in Shanghai, it is a crime to desert children and those found guilty could face up to five years in prison.
Sadly, abandoned babies are not an unheard of occurrence in China. In 2012, the Huffington Post reported on a Chinese woman who had rescued over 30 babies, several of whom she had found in dustbins.