Man arrested after baby found abandoned, wrapped in newspaper

A man who said he discovered a newborn abandoned at a DeBary convenience store was arrested after detectives said he was the one trying to find a place to leave the infant.

Ralph Garlick Jr., 53, told Volusia County deputy sheriffs he had found the baby girl crying and wrapped in newspaper about 2 a.m. near the front door of the DeBary food mart off U.S. Highway 17-92.

The mother of the child has been located and identified as Garlick's girlfriend, said Gary Davidson, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Garlick gave law enforcement a false name when he said he found the baby, who still had her umbilical cord attached but appeared to have been tied off with a shoe string.

He said he didn't know the child. Garlick used his dead brother's name to identify himself.

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