The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in which a newborn was found abandoned at a DeBary gas station and convenience store on South Charles R. Bell Boulevard.
The man who found the baby is identified as Ralph Garlick Jr. He has been arrested on charges of knowingly giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation. Police say that although Garlick is not the father and that the baby belongs to his girlfriend.
Authorities said Garlick lied about his identity, using the name of his dead brother. After questioning him, they said Garlick admitted that he lied to deputies about his name and the circumstances.
Deputies said Garlick's girlfriend gave birth to the baby early Monday morning at an apartment complex in Orange City called Oak Shade. Garlick said he was trying to bring the baby to a safe location, because his girlfriend didn't want to keep the child.
When deputies arrived at the scene this morning the newborn had the umbilical cord still attached. The cord appeared to have been tied off with a shoe string.
At his first appearance on Monday, Garlick told a judge he was trying to do the right thing and find somewhere safe to bring the little girl. Garlick said he tried to get help at a nearby fire station but claims no one was there, so he flagged down a driver instead.
Garlick is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $5,000 bond. The baby's mother, who has not been charged, was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.
The baby was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. Investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families said the infant was born prematurely and weighs 6 pounds.
Doctors said the baby appears to be in good condition. Once medically cleared after a stay a Winner Palmer Hospital, the baby will be turned over to DCF