Men Who Found Baby In Stockton Dumpster Hailed As Heroes

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

"As of now, the baby boy is doing well at the hospital and is in protective custody with child protective services", the Stockton Police Department wrote Tuesday afternoon on its Facebook page.

Authorities say the baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag shortly before noon Tuesday in the city of Stockton, south of Sacramento.

"How could anybody do this?"

Cooper called his apartment manager, John Pedebone, for help. Pedebone said he picked up the baby boy, who was still breathing and alive.

Police are investigating after a newborn with the umbilical cord still attached was found alive in a California dumpster.

"I think that baby is something special..." "So, before the ambulance gets here, I just make sure that he's breathing and warm".

The California Highway Patrol said that personnel from Central Division's SAFE and Madera Area responded to the scene and "provided the newborn girl with a blanket for warmth".

Silva added as officers conducted their investigation, they found the boy's 15-year-old mother.

Police reminded parents that they can safely surrender newborns within 72 hours of birth to any firehouse or hospital emergency room in Stockton without being prosecuted, provided there are no signs the baby was abused or neglected.

The teenager will be cited for felony child abuse and endangerment and released to her parents, according to the police department.

"Today, here in our region, it is extremely hot", Silva said.

Cooper said he was passing by when he first heard something that sounded like a kitten, but said "it was unbelievable" when he looked and saw a baby.

"We had several good Samaritans who we are calling heroes", he said.

Authorities asked that anyone with information about the incident to call the Stockton Police Department.

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