For 26th Year, Police Remember Abandoned Baby
Connecticut department chipped in to pay for his burial in 1988
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2014 7:08 PM CST

(Newser) – It's a 26-year tradition now in Meriden, Conn., and one with a somber start: On Jan. 2, 1988, police found a newborn boy frozen to death outside. He had been wrapped in a blanket, but the full-term baby with blond hair and blue eyes stood no chance in the frigid weather. Police took up a collection and paid for his burial, reports WTNH, and members of the local clergy named him David Paul. Today, as they have on every Jan. 2 since then, police and others in the community gathered at the cemetery where the baby is buried.

"The Meriden Police Department unofficially adopted this child and cared for this child's burial," says a retired detective sergeant, "and we think David Paul represents all the children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned." The local Record-Journal notes that Connecticut has since passed a Safe Haven law that allows a mother to leave her baby at a hospital within 30 days of birth, no questions asked.

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Jan 3, 2014 1:10 AM CST
Time and time again we are getting stories about the humane,compassionate and caring side of the police. I wonder if Hollywood takes notice of this? 26 years.26 years this police dept. has honoured this child with their compassion.What has happened to all the original officers? What effect does this commemoration have on new officers? Does such a caring event as this mean anything to a society indoctrinated by Hollywood/the media to be cynical?
Jan 2, 2014 10:09 PM CST
Sick parents need to be put down.
Jan 2, 2014 8:07 PM CST
You're probably still alive and out there, aren't you, Mom? Does it ever burden your mind to think about what you did to David Paul? What was his real name? Sorry, it must still haunt you to this very day.