Premature baby found in dumpster with tissues stuffed up nose doing well, doctors say
JERSEY CITY, NJ, September 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A premature baby is in stable condition and gaining weight after being found wrapped inside a trash bag in a dumpster in Jersey City on Saturday afternoon.
Teenagers were milling around outside the Kensington Avenue apartment building around 3 p.m. when they heard some rustling and a noise they thought was made by an animal. But 15-year-old Keyshaun Williams and his friends soon realized its source was human.
They called the building supervisor's wife, Rebecca Womers, to the scene.
“I opened the bag from the bottom, and it still had the umbilical cord attached,” she told NJ.com.
The baby's mother had stuffed the child's nose and mouth with tissues, sealed him in a trash bag, and thrown the child in the dumpster.
“The baby had garbage all over it,” Womer said.
As she began to open the bag, a hand emerged and gently curled its tiny finger around hers.
When she opened the bag, she saw that the baby boy – whom doctors believe was born 11 to 12 weeks premature – was breathing on his own.
The baby was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center and is in stable condition as of this writing. His weight crept up from 2.86 pounds to nearly three pounds over the holiday weekend.
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Womers and her family visited the baby on Sunday.
Police are still searching for the baby's mother.
The building supervisor, Arturo Rivas, said he did not believe any pregnant women lived in the five story building.
Although the mother chose to leave her child to die, New Jersey's Safe Haven Law would have allowed her to drop her child off at certain locations, such as hospitals and police stations, without criminal repercussions.