Baby abandoned at rural church in Marion County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Stepping outside in the frigid air after a night of playing cards, Ben Lewis and his brother heard a baby crying somewhere down the road and followed the cries to a church on Suck Creek Mountain.

With the temperature in the 30s, they found a baby boy, believed to be about a month old, lying unprotected in the porch at Bibleway Baptist Church in Marion County.

The 31-year-old Lewis told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he and his brother, Clay, had been playing cards at a friend's house about 2 a.m. Saturday when the baby's crying got their attention.

Lewis said Wednesday that a child protection caseworker has told him the boy is doing fine and is in temporary foster care. Investigators are trying to locate the parents.

Marion County Sheriff "Bo" Burnett said the brothers probably saved the baby from freezing to death.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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