Police are seeking Miss Cathy Lu as a person of interest in regard to a newborn baby who was abandoned in a housing project yard in Woodside, Queens. Miss Lu lived in the housing project and took care of her terribly ill mother, Mrs. Waiping Lu, until she passed away almost two years ago. Her father had passed away previously. The family is from Hong Kong.
The mother and daughter went to several Chinese churches in Queens, including Queens Christian Reformed Church and the Taiwanese congregation at the Reformed Church of Newtown. Cathy went to Baruch College to study non-profit management in order to help those people who are down-trodden, infirm or ill.
At about 11:40 p.m. Sunday, an anonymous passerby heard a baby crying at the Woodside Houses at 50-07 Broadway and found a newborn baby girl wrapped in a sheet in a grassy area, with its umbilical cord cut, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday. She was a few hours old. Cathy may have been the anonymous person who called the police.
The baby, weighing 6 pounds and 6 ounces, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital. "The baby seems to be in excellent shape," Kelly said Monday.
The baby girl was released around 2 p.m. Thursday.
She is doing well and is now in foster care. There have been many offers of adoption.
Cathy seemed to come somewhat undone after her Mom passed away. The two were very close and most fulfilled when they were together. Cathy became very involved in her mother’s treatment for cancer. The daughter's admiration for her mother deepened because in the face of death Mrs. Lu was the happiest of persons and never complained from the pain and nausea of her cancer. An experimental treatment staved off the cancer for several years. Always the fondest moment of Sundays after church were the sight of Cathy and her Mom walking side by side with real mutual care through the shadows of the housing project to their apartment.
After her Mom’s death, Cathy was emotionally traumatized. She spoke of knowing famous figures, traveled erratically, and only kept in touch with her family and friends sporadically. Then, she just disappeared off the face of the globe. Family, friends and her church tried to reach her many times but with no success. They thought that Cathy didn’t want any contact because previously when she was busy doing something, she would not respond until she had finished. Now, the family wonders what she was doing.
Although the family and her church family do not know what relation Cathy has to the abandoned baby, they ask prayers for Cathy's safety and for her to call 212-656-1670. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The police are also seeking information about Cathy’s whereabouts.
The police ask that anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-557-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.