ITHACA, N.Y. –– Law enforcement and social services responded to a birth in the homeless camp known as the Jungle on Friday, resulting in the child being taken to Cayuga Medical Center for evaluation.

Just after noon Friday, the Ithaca Police Department and Tompkins County Department of Social Services performed a welfare check at the 1 Southwest Park Road area after receiving a tip that a person residing in the camp had given birth earlier in the morning.

Upon the arrival of officers, residents of the Jungle began to flee from the police, according to a press release from IPD. In response, a perimeter was set up and additional officers from the New York State Police, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Cornell Police Department, Bangs Ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department responded to the area to aid IPD and DSS in their search.

Eventually, the father of the child was located and interviewed on the scene and the mother and newborn baby boy were located in the Jungle. After the mother and child were found, the baby boy was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for an evaluation.

IPD declined to release any further at this time.

Anna Lamb

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