BOCA RATON, Fla.—Florida sheriff’s deputies say a newborn girl has been found alive inside a trash bin.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says two people walking at an apartment complex near Boca Raton heard crying coming from the bin and found the baby Wednesday morning.
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) May 8, 2019
Spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the baby girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation and is expected to survive.
NEWBORN FOUND IN DUMPSTER: Two people walking at an apartment complex in Florida heard crying coming from the bin and found the baby Wednesday morning. | https://t.co/i33DPI4u15 pic.twitter.com/CLjQe1At6q
— CBS 17 (@WNCN) May 8, 2019
Further information was not immediately available.
Under Florida law, unwanted newborns can be dropped off anonymously at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked. The child is then placed up for adoption.
Chicago Newborn Found in Garbage Bin
In a similar story, an hours-old baby was rescued after being found abandoned on top of a garbage can in a Chicago alley on May 7.
A mother and daughter heard the newborn crying on Tuesday afternoon at around 4 p.m. The newborn was found in a canvas shopping bag with his umbilical cord still attached, reported ABC 13.
The good Samaritans then rushed the boy to a nearby firehouse. There, paramedics performed CPR to revive the little boy.
“The baby was cold as concrete,” Chicago Fire Dept. Paramedic Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice told reporters during a news conference, reported the news station. “I wasn’t too optimistic, but like I said to the lieutenant, I wasn’t ready to lose this one today, and neither were they and they worked very hard.”
“This poor kid was minutes away from having no chance at all,” Fitzmaurice added.
After fire department officials revived the boy, he was taken to the Norwegian American Hospital in a critical condition.
A woman and her daughter noticed the baby boy, who still had his umbilical cord attached, in an alley at in Chicago. https://t.co/ekbk0BQGaA
— KTVU (@KTVU) May 8, 2019
Later on Tuesday, officials said the was in a stable condition and was “crying and kicking.”
“The newborn found in an alley on north Keystone has been upgraded to stable from very critical. The little guy is crying and kicking and about to be transferred to LCH on Chicago Ave. thanks to CFD paramedics and ED crew at Norwegian!” the Chicago Fire Media tweeted.
Update. The newborn found in alley on north Keystone has been upgraded to stable from very critical. The little guy is crying and kicking and about to be transferred to LCH on Chicago Ave. thanks to CFD paramedics and ED crew at Norwegian!
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) May 7, 2019
He was then transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital for further treatment.
Dawn Geras, who lobbied to pass Illinois’ Safe Haven Law in 2001, told Chicago Sun-Times that this baby was the first to be found illegally abandoned in Illinois this year.
Under the city’s law, a baby 30 days or younger may be left with a staff member at a hospital, fire or police station—with no questions asked, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
“We don’t judge. Take him to a firehouse. Leave the baby there. Give the kid a chance,” Fitzmaurice said.
Officials have not released any details about the mother or reason for the baby’s abandonment.
Epoch Times Reporter Janita Kan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.