Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News
A Corsicana woman who found a newborn left outside her house says she is glad the baby boy had the energy to cry loud enough for her to hear.
A newborn boy has survived being stuffed in a handbag and abandoned near a North Texas home on a night when temperatures dipped into the 40s.
Corsicana police on Monday appealed for the public's help in identifying the infant and locating his mother.
The baby was wrapped in a towel that was in a pillowcase and inside a handbag, police said.
The bag was left outside the house of Mihoko Brown and her husband. They live on the corner of a dead-end street off busy State Highway 22.
"I was glad he had the energy to cry loud enough for me to hear," Brown said. "I was trying to make him quit crying. I just went, kind of swinging and holding him and singing a little bit."
Police Chief Randy Bratton said the baby, with umbilical cord still attached, was taken to a hospital and is stable. Child Protective Services has been contacted.
"Due to the temperature last night, if the child had not been found quickly, we may have had a more drastic turn of events," Bratton said.
Forecasters say temperatures were in the upper 40s around the time the baby was found in Corsicana, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.
NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.