WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 14-year-old teen suspected of abandoning her newborn baby along a dirt road near White Cloud was reportedly watching as neighbors found the child.
The girl acted normally as she and others waited for police and paramedics to arrive, neighbors say.
"She looked at us and she said 'I am almost 15 years old and if I ever had a baby, I surely would not do something like that,'" recalled neighbor Pam Kopp.
The baby girl was placed about 30 feet from the property line of the suspected mother's home, a place neighbors say the teen lives with her father.
Wednesday the Michigan Department of Human Services will ask a judge for emergency custody of the baby. DHS could not talk about the specifics of the case but public information manager Bob Wheaton says if a child is removed from a parent by the court, the decision can be contested.
"The mother does have the right to contest any efforts to remove the child. The mother can retain an attorney to do that," Wheaton said.
Police and prosecutors in Newaygo County did not have any information to release on the investigation or possible charges against the mother.
Neighbors worry about how the mother is doing and say they are willing to adopt the child if needed.
"I hope she is placed in a home that will love her and honor her even if she had an unfortunate beginning," Kopp said.
If the judge gives the state custody of the child on Wednesday, the mother is granted time to contest the decision. The Department of Human Services is expected to first see if there is a suitable relative to raise the baby; if not she may be placed with foster parents who are seeking adoption.