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No Trace Of Dog Credited With Saving Tot; Custody Hearing Today

October 27, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ A stray German shepherd may have saved the life of an abandoned newborn by curling around the infant and keeping it warm in a weed-choked alley, authorities say.

Special orders have been issued to find the animal, police Sgt. Michael Arble and animal control officer Darrell Connell said Sunday.

Sinai Hospital officials called police Thursday when Greta Davis, 20, went to the hospital for treatment after childbirth but without a baby. Officers who went to her house on the west side found a trail of blood leading to an alley.

There, they found the dog curled around the infant, licking it, authorities said. Officers credited the dog, which ran away when they approached it, with saving the newborn’s life.

The 6-pound, 4-ounce boy was admitted to Sinai suffering from hypothermia, a potentially fatal lowering of the body’s core temperature. He was being treated in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit.

Hospital spokeswoman Paula Friedman said the baby was in ″good shape, stable condition,″ on Sunday.

A custody hearing was scheduled today after a two-day postponement sought by Davis’ attorney, James Brittain, who said, ″She told me she wants to be in court when the issue of custody is considered.″

The Department of Social Services is seeking custody of the child.

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