Newborn Found in Trash Survives
CPS takes custody of Houston 16-year-old's baby
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Houston police walk away with evidence from the white trash bag where a newborn baby boy was found on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)

(Newser) – A baby boy is reportedly in good condition after he was found, cold, wet, and purple-faced in a Houston apartment building's trash. Maintenance worker Carlos Michel discovered the newborn after hearing sounds coming from a blue Dumpster yesterday morning, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I almost had a heart attack," he says. He stepped on a bucket and looked over the trash bags; the baby was in one, upside down alongside homework and leftover food, Fox News reports.

"He was cold. Maybe hours old," Michel says, per MyFox Houston. Michel wrapped the boy in his shirt and warmed him in a pickup truck; the child never opened his eyes before paramedics rushed him to the hospital, Michel says. Child Protective Services will take custody of the baby, born to a 16-year-old girl who acknowledged putting him in the Dumpster, though details haven't been released. She was also hospitalized. Texas, notes the Chronicle, has a "Moses law" that allows parents to surrender newborns without fear of repercussions. It's not yet clear whether the mother will face charges.

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Feb 26, 2014 2:36 PM CST
How anyone can do this I don't understand. It has been adults lately that I have heard about. This girl is 16 years old and I can imagine if she hid her pregnancy and was petrified about what her parents may do she may have panicked but it's still not an excuse. I have a 21 year old daughter and she just had my first grandson on New Year's Day and I'm the first person she told and have been through everything with her and my son-in-law and I love my grandson. My son is 18 years old and I could never imagine either one of them not feeling that they can come to me for anything. I hope the 16 year old can understand the impact this will have for the rest of her,her family and this babies lives. I can't imagine with the laws and knowledge that they could just give the baby up to a hospital,fire department or police department why would you choose to either kill the baby or leave it to die. I don't imagine that most people including myself can ever understand it. I hope the baby will be ok and have a long happy life with parents that love him.
Feb 26, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Of course the mother must face charges. The Moses Law was specifically designed to keep this very act from ever happening. If she did not want the baby, she had many options on how to give him away. What she chose to do was kill him.
Arthur Machado
Feb 26, 2014 12:31 PM CST
I don't see what the difference between this situation where a girl tries to kill her baby at birth and one of those late term 8.5 month abortions. I would appreciate it if somone could explain it.