Sad news of newborn baby found in a trash compactor.

A newborn baby found outside a Washington, apartment building late Friday is in stable condition, police tell PEOPLE.

The building’s maintenance supervisor was preparing to start the trash compactor when she heard a baby crying, KOMO News reported.

The woman called 911 and climbed into the compactor to search for the source of the cries.

“In a dress, she dove into the garbage compactor and began pulling out bags of garbage, trying to search for this thing,” the woman’s boyfriend, Jeff Meyers, told the news station.

Officers found the newborn boy and he was immediately transported to a hospital for medical attention, according to the Everett Police Department.

The newborn infant was covered in blood and his umbilical cord was still attached. There was no indication of when or why the baby was left in the dumpster.

“Thank God Paula didn’t hit that button,” Meyers said. “I mean, had that baby not cried one second before she hit that button, we’d be out here for a much worse story.”

“Someone had the baby and just discarded it into the garbage,” he continued. “It’s the saddest and sickest thing I’ve seen in my entire life.”

The baby was rushed to the hospital where he remains in stable condition, Officer Aaron Snell tells PEOPLE.

In Washington, individuals may freely drop off unharmed babies at any fire station or emergency room with no questions asked under the Safe Haven law. There is a fire station just half a mile from where the baby was found.

We need more safe havens

Last month we shared the story of the baby born in the bathroom of a Subway toilet and abandoned by his homeless mother.

7 News reported Newborn babies have been left outside Australian hospitals, churches, ambulance stations and in other public places.

* May 13, 2007 – Newborn “Catherine” found wrapped in towels in a cardboard box outside a Melbourne hospital on Mother’s Day. She survived despite suffering hypothermia.

* June 10, 2007 – Newborn “Joan” found in a box outside Sydney’s Haberfield Baptist Church. She was placed under state care.

* October 17, 2011 – Body of “Willow” found by council workers in a park near Hobart. The umbilical cord and placenta were inside two plastic shopping bags. Her mother was never found.

* July 27, 2013 – A southeast Queensland family discovers newborn girl “Moses” wrapped in blankets in a basket in front of their home. The mother was found but not charged.

* August 1, 2013 – Newborn boy left at an ambulance station in Rockhampton, Queensland. His 21-year-old mother was later found. No charges were laid.

* November 23, 2014 – A week-old boy was found alive by cyclists in a western Sydney drain at Quakers Hill. His 30-year-old mother was charged with attempted murder after allegedly abandoning him five days earlier.

* November 30, 2014 – The remains of the infant girl dubbed “Lily Grace” found at Sydney’s South Maroubra Beach.

*February 20, 2016 – A two-day-old baby boy left on the doorstep of a house in Griffith, NSW. The healthy baby was placed in the care of Family and Community Services.

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  • So very scary. I really fel for these poor females that just cant see any other way then doing something like this. I hope the Mum is ok.


  • So sad, parents should more easily be able to reach out for help.


  • I am just glad the baby is ok.


  • That woman saved the little baby’s life just in time thank god.


  • After reading Call the Midwife series by Jennifer Worth, it was clear that anyone is able to create a baby despite intelligence, finance, love and so on. I only hope that these babies were not a product of rape.


  • How terribly sad. The mother must have been in a really bad place. More support is needed for pregnant women who are struggling.


  • So very sad. So many people unable to have children who would gladly adopt these babies, they don’t need to be treated like this :,(


  • So sad. I’m glad the baby is ok


  • Such events are incredibly tragic for all involved. Let’s hope it’s a new and better beginning. More needs to be done to assist pregnant women in crisis.


  • How sad ! How sick ! Thank God this child is found in time, praying God’s blessing over his life and mercy to his parents


  • OMG, thank God the baby cried, and thank God the driver heard it. This is such a sad story. And yes, more needs to be done for people to feel safe in leaving their baby somewhere. Surprisingly, this had a fairly happy ending with the baby surviving, when there was a greater chance it would not.


  • ig campaign LEAVE YOUR BABY HERE IF YOU CANNOT CARE FOR IT, IT’S OK. THISSOUNDS SILLY BUT IF AT CHURCHES AND WELFARE AGENCIES AND SUCH, IT MIGHT HELP THIS AWFUL THING/THINGS HAPPENING. Please note I put no judgement just a hope that person would do it rather than the sickening alternatives mentioned. Something wrong when these things happen,mental state comes to mind, so have to treat with care.Not frighten the child disposer if a disorder present, I also agree with other methods being used, thank god baby /babies found before they were distroyed. Has to be more education on If you cannot cope or are afraid and alone contact us… without discrimination i m more concerned with saving baby than punishing offender at this early stage. Upset me greatly as so many would be want to be mums who cannot concieve and these are being thrown away like trash… Are we Human beings something should and miust be done


  • How someone can do this?! There are so many options! If she didn’t want the baby why did she not dropped the baby in someone’s door?! A lot of people struggle to have a baby and you see this heartbreak situation. It is revolting!


  • No excuse for this heartless action, especially with the laws that are in place in Washington.


  • Oh my!! If that woman hadn’t heard the baby, she would have pressed the button indeed! How can a mother do such a thing? Thinking that there was a fire station so close by? So sad!!


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