Artist uses abandoned baby's photo to sketch what parents might look like

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by Jeffery McShan & Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 28, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 12:05 PM

HOUSTON – Investigators are hoping composite sketches will help lead to the parents of a baby girl found wrapped in a Walmart bag last week.

"Baby Chloe" is doing well and was released to the custody of a foster family on Monday after being treated at Texas Children’s Hospital.

A woman walking her dog found the newborn on February 19 at an apartment complex located at 11111 Grant Road in Cypress. She’d been dumped near a fence.

The composite sketches by renowned HPD artist Lois Gibson are based solely on the baby’s photo and not on a witness description.

"I couldn't help myself. As soon as I was eating breakfast and saw her little face, I knew I could make it into an adult. I couldn't stop,” Gibson said. "I said ‘Chloe, Chloe,’ and I raced to the police department and it took less than two hours."

Gibson was touched by the story and volunteered her services.

"It's never been done before in the history of the world -- nobody does age progressions from newborns,” said Gibson.

Gibson said she used her imagination and knowledge of anatomy to sketch what the parents might look like.

"I've got a 50/50 chance that she maybe looks more like the momma or like the daddy,” said Gibson.

CPS hopes the parents will provide important information about the baby.

"And so the person who is adopting this baby can have some more genetic family medical background on the baby to be able to raise her with more knowledge or information about her," said Estella Olguin with CPS.

Olguin said it’s also possible that relatives may want to adopt the baby if the parents are found.

Anyone with information as to the parent’s identification and/or location is urged to call the HCSO Crimes Against Children Unit at 713-830-3250 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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