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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