STOCKTON (CBS SF) — A baby boy was discovered alive Tuesday after he was abandoned in a dumpster near a Stockton apartment complex, authorities said.
Stockton police posted on social media that officers responded to the 5900 block of Village Green Drive at approximately 11:43 a.m. to a report of a possible baby in the large green dumpster.
Officers were met by a citizen who told them he thought he saw a baby wrapped up inside the dumpster. They discovered the newborn baby boy alive with its umbilical cord still attached. He was taken to a hospital and was doing well.
Police found the baby’s 15-year-old mother nearby and she was taken to a hospital. She was cited for child abuse and will be released to her parents after she leaves the hospital.
It’s unclear how long the child was in the dumpster. Temperatures in the area Tuesday topped 100 degrees
Please remember newborns can be safely surrendered to any firehouse or hospital emergency rooms in the City of Stockton within 72 hours of birth without fear of being prosecuted as long as the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect.
The Stockton Police Department ask for anyone with information about the baby to contact them at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.