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Abandoned infant to go up for adoption

An infant found abandoned in Pasco County last October soon will be put up for adoption, officials say. The newborn boy was found in front of the Richey Manor Nursing Home early Oct. 14.

The nurses and workers at Richey Manor fell in love with the baby after housekeeper Barbara Prisel discovered him wrapped in a white tablecloth and sleeping quietly on a lounge chair outside the home. The boy was no more than 3 hours old when he was found, and his umbilical cord was secured with a clothespin.

The baby, named Richey by nurses at Richey Manor, has been living with a foster family under the custody of the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS), said Randy Tennant, West Pasco administrator for HRS.

The child is doing fine and soon will be put up for adoption, Tennant said.

Citing confidentiality rules, he would not say whether the boy bears the name that the Richey Manor nurses bestowed on him.