UPDATE: Adoption ceremony held in Henrico for abandoned baby

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico judge finalized the adoption today for a baby boy found abandoned nearly one year ago. 

Eleven-month-old Nehemiah Christopher Allen appeared in circuit court along with his adoptive parents Bridget and Terrence Allen and dozens of supporters.

A woman discovered the little boy August 27, 2009, in a yard just off Samara Drive.

The jaw dropping discovery topped our late breaking news. Amber Betts, soon to be a mom herself, shares in the excitement about the child's future.

"I'm glad I found him was able to get him the care he needed," said Betts.

The night of August 27, Betts was walking along Samara Drive, she heard a strange noise, looked down and saw a naked baby boy nestled in the grass.

From the hospital to foster care as police and social services tried to find the infant's parents. When no one came forward, a judge terminated parental rights in January, paving the way for his foster family to start the adoption process. A Henrico Circuit judge will witness the final step, the signing of the adoption papers.

"It has been a journey for him, but it's been one that we can celebrate because now he'll have a permanent family for his future," said Shawn Rozier with Henrico Social Services.

Rozier says the boy is happy and healthy.

"Typical 11-month-old kinds of things lot of fun to watch him," said Rozier.

Betts can't wait to find out more.

"At least what's his name how big he's gotten," said Betts.

Tara Morgan is covering this story and will have more on this later in the day.

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