HOUSTON — A baby who captured the hearts of many Houstonians is one step closer to having a permanent home.
A judge awarded Children’s Protective Services custody of "Baby Chloe" on Wednesday, terminating the rights of the biological parents who never came forward.
The foster family who has been caring for "Baby Chloe" wants to adopt her. That decision will be made at a later date. Until then, she will remain in their care.
Chloe was abandoned and left in a Walmart shopping bag on February 19 when she was just two hours old. A woman walking her dog found the newborn outside a Cypress apartment complex.
Composite sketches were made of what the parents could possibly look like. Officials said the parents didn’t have to claim her — they just wanted more information.
She was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital where doctors found her, miraculously, to be in good condition.
"She was very healthy; didn’t have a fever," said Estella Olguin with CPS. "Fortunately, she did not suffer from being exposed to the elements that evening."
People everywhere feel in love with the dark-eyed, smiling newborn.
"We had families from all across the country, and from other parts of the world, asking to give her a home," Olguin said.
The name Chloe was given to her by the hospital staff at Texas Children’s. It is not her legal name and will not appear on her birth certificate.
She is now three months old and thriving with her foster family.
"They do have other children and it’s a married couple and they live in Houston," Olguin said. "She’s doing wonderful in that home."
A Pearland couple can relate to the Baby Chloe case. They are veteran foster parents who adopted a daughter abandoned as a baby.
"Ashley was abandoned in the Alvin motel. Mom had left the birth certificate, the shot record," said Donna, who didn’t want her last name used.
Her daughter is now 16 and knows the whole story. We are not revealing her name or current pictures.
"There is a curiosity that she would like to find her birth mom someday, and I told her that’s an option when she’s 21," Donna said.
Donna predicts a bright future for "Baby Chloe."
"Well, I think she’s a survivor. She’s already proven that," Donna said. "And I think she will grow up to be a fine young lady."
The parents still have 30 days to come forward before their rights are permanently terminated.