A baby boy that was only a few hours was found alive, but barely breathing, in a trash dumpster in Houston, Texas on Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle reported on Feb. 25 that maintenance worker, Carlos Mitchel, found the newborn thrown into a white trash bag among scraps of food, used metal cans, and even school homework. The abandoned baby still had his umbilical cord attached.
Mitchel said that he was throwing some trash out when he thought he heard something like a cat’s whimpering at about 8:30 a.m. What he eventually discovered was definitely not a cat but a baby that was turning purple and having trouble breathing. The little boy was upside down in the trash bag. The worker quickly pulled him out and took him to a vehicle to try to get him warm as police and paramedics were called to the scene.
The 51-year-old grandfather said that he is still in shock. He described the baby as being still wet and sticky from the delivery and cold when he pulled him from the trash bag. As he cradled him in his arms waiting for help to arrive, he said that he was thinking of his own 2-month-old grandson.
Thankfully, the beautiful baby is expected to be okay after being treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital. After receiving some tips on who might have done such a cruel thing to an innocent child, the police were able to locate the mother of the baby. She is a 16-year-old girl who lives in the apartment complex where the trash bin is located.
Authorities said that the young mother admitted to dumping her newborn in the trash. She was taken to the hospital to get checked out and then was released. She will now wait to find out if she will face charges. No one is saying exactly why she chose to discard the little boy.
Texas has the ‘Baby Moses’ law that says anyone can take a baby up to 60 days old to a nearby hospital or fire station to be cared for without fear of prosecution. This law is to protect just this sort of thing from happening.
Carlos Mitchel is considered a hero by saving this baby’s life. If he had walked away without looking to see what the sound that he heard was all about, the child would most likely not have survived.
Child Protective Services will take custody of the newborn to find him a loving home.