Abandoned baby girl well enough to leave hospital

Saturday, December 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A baby girl who was abandoned in an apartment complex trash bin is well enough to leave an Oklahoma City hospital, officials say.

Little Bella Rose, so named by staffers at Integris Baptist Medical Center who cared for her, had limited brain activity, a fractured skull and a very low body temperature when she was found Nov. 15 outside an apartment complex on N.W. 23rd Street, Capt. Jessica Cummins, a police spokeswoman, said Friday.

``The belief was that when they raised her body temperature, they would find that she was brain-dead,'' Cummins said. ``But little Bella's a fighter. Her brain activity came up ... and from what we understand she has no complications aside from recovering from the skull fracture.''

The infant was released into the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Police continue to look for Bella's parents, especially her mother, both to ascertain her safety and to obtain information about the family's medical history.

``We were all pretty excited when we learned she was released on Monday,'' Cummins said. ``We're still hoping that someone will come forward and provide us with vital information ... so that the detectives can close this case.''