Unbeknown to anyone connected with Cheek, the baby was dumped. She was left by the buildings then known as Carolina Circle Apartments in Greensboro, North Carolina. The defenceless infant still had her umbilical cord attached and wrapped around her arm.
The swaddled infant was discovered at about 6 a.m. by Tonie McNair, who lived in one of the apartments. At first, she told Fox 8, she had thought it was an abandoned kitten that had been left in the stairwell.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, McNair yelled and ran back into her apartment to alert her teenage sons. They called an ambulance and the police. Medical staff rushed to the scene to collect the abandoned child.