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Newborn baby girl found alive inside abandoned clothes dryer

By Nikki Weingartner     Mar 18, 2009 in Crime
A man in Houston, Texas made a sad discovery yesterday while taking out the garbage. A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found alive inside a trash bag in a closed up abandoned dryer behind the dumpers.
Fear, ignorance or shame all could have been just one of the reasons for the most recent occurrence that perplexes communities across the nation.
Tuesday afternoon, around 3 p.m. police responded to an emergency call after a man taking out the garbage behind his apartment complex heard a "baby whimpering." That sound came from an old clothes dryer sitting next to the trash dumpsters. What he found inside the dryer was a newborn baby in a black trash bag with the umbilical cord still in tact. (see news clip here).
The baby girl was taken to an area hospital, where she is said to be in good condition, as explained by KHOU Houston news. Weighing in at 6 lbs and 12 ounces, the small survivor who was said to be likely African American and around an hour old when found, amazed police. Sgt. Colin Howard of the Houston Police Department was reported in the article as saying:
"I think probably another hour and I don't think the baby would have lived through this,"
Sgt. Howard made a warm plea for the mother of the infant to come forward, showing concern for her welfare as much as the baby's. He told the mother that her newborn was a "beautiful baby" and went on to say how any mom would want to hear that. Neighbor's, however, were far less kind, leaving a horrible taste in the mouth of the community.
Blood hounds were used in hopes to obtain a scent in hopes of finding the mother, however their efforts proved futile.
The police are investigating, urging anyone in the area who might have seen anything or might have information on recent possible pregnancies to come forward. Until then, they have very little to go on and baby is expected to be placed in legal custody of CPS today so that she can go into a foster home.
Texas does have a Baby Moses law that allows a child to be dropped off at specified locations, no questions asked. There were two fire stations within a few blocks of where the baby was found. Now, those involved could face charges.
What is most perplexing is why do women continue to carry babies to term only to toss them into toilets, dumpsters and now, abandoned dryers and face criminal charges and jail time when they could have dropped the baby off just a few blocks over and faced no repercussions at all?
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