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article imageMan who rescued baby from dumpster didn't realize he was the dad

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 20, 2010 in Crime
Calgary - A man who crawled into a dumpster to rescue a newborn baby on Tuesday said he has now learned that he is the child’s father. The baby was discovered inside a rubbish bag in a metal trash bin at a townhouse complex.
The man, who cannot be named, said that he had been unaware that his girlfriend was pregnant, but she had not been feeling very well on Tuesday.
"I had no reason to want to come home,” The Calgary Herald quoted the man as saying. “At around 1:00 I got a bad feeling in my gut and I said I'm going to go home for lunch."
After he parked his truck a girl told him that she thought she could hear a baby in a nearby dumpster.
"I pulled into my parking spot and hadn't even got to the back of my truck and a girl said, 'I think hear a baby in the dumpster.' So I, you know — no knowledge at this time that this is my kid whatsoever — I went running over," CBC News quoted him as saying.
"And I jumped in and I removed the stuff and I personally opened the bag. My first sight of my baby was covered in garbage."
The baby was hypothermic and in life-threatening condition when he was pulled from the dumpster.
One person used his shirt to help warm him while 911 was called. The child was later reported as being in stable condition in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Foothills hospital.
Authorities estimated the infant was born about two hours before he was discovered.
“It was incredibly lucky the passersby responded to the cries of the baby,” Staff Sgt. Leah Barber, of the child abuse unit, was quoted as saying by The Calgary Herald. “I truly believe they saved his life.”
Police questioned a 29-year-old woman, who is the child’s mother. She told investigators she didn’t realize she was pregnant. She was scheduled to undergo a psychiatric assessment Wednesday.
The 30-year-old man who pulled the baby from the dumpster said that around 9:30 p.m. he learned from police that it was his girlfriend who had given birth.
Sheila Pierzchala, who lives near the bin, said that she had been outside about an hour before the rescue but hadn’t heard anything unusual.
“I just thank God for the girl that can hear better than me,” The Calgary Herald quoted her as saying.
“I’m just thankful I didn’t throw my garbage on top of a baby who was right below.”
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