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)
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(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. (Read more baby stories.)

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