Police seek woman in Woodside abandoned baby case

Cathy Lu is being sought for questioning by the NYPD after a newborn was found abandoned behind a Woodside Houses building Sunday. Photo courtesy NYPD
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Police were looking for a young woman named Cathy Lu in relation to a baby who was left behind a building in Woodside Houses Sunday.

Authorities said Lu is wanted for questioning but had no other information.

After responding to a 911 call at around 11:27 p.m., officers found the baby behind 50-07 Broadway in Woodside, police said. The girl, only a few hours old, was wrapped in a sheet and left in a grassy area, police said. The infant was brought to Elmhurst Hospital and listed in stable condition, police said.

Those with information should contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), by visiting or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering “TIP577.”

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4564.

Updated 2:54 pm, August 24, 2012
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dawn from chicago says:
To only write about this crime without taking the opportunity to talk about the Baby Safe Haven law is tragic. This is your chance to make a life or death difference for the youngest, most vulnerable of all, a newborn baby.

Maybe you can help make the public aware of New York’s safe haven law? Every state in the country has one, though they may differ in some of the details.

The New York law offers a safe option for a desperate parent in crisis. The law says a parent may hand an unharmed baby, 30 days old or younger, with an employee on duty at any or responsible adult and walk away with no questions asked. If you or someone you know may be hiding a pregnancy, call the national safe haven 24-hour crisis hotline 888-510-BABY (2229) for confidential help.

Dawn Geras
Vice President, National Safe Haven Alliance
Phone: 312-440-0229
Aug. 25, 2012, 10:13 am
Mr. S. from Woodside says:
Cathy Lu: If you're reading this and you need help of any kind, please contact me! Your old history teacher (you know who I am).
Oct. 25, 2012, 5:16 pm

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