A Livermore man was in the bathroom when he heard two thumps on this front door. When he went to see who was there, he found a newborn baby lying on his doorstep.
Eric Leroy Miller, a bachelor and chemist, took the baby girl inside his upscale apartment and called police.
Police say the infant was just hours old when she was left wrapped in blankets on the doorstep Friday night.
Police went door-to-door to see if anyone had any information that might help them locate the baby´s mother, but their efforts were fruitless.
The baby was taken to nearby hospital and later released to child welfare authorities. She will be placed in foster care.
California has a new law permitting mothers to leave unwanted babies at hospitals without facing punishment. But abandoning a child elsewhere is a crime punishable by a fine of up to two thousand dollars and a year in jail.