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Mom and daughter rescue newborn baby abandoned on trash can

Posted at 9:11 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 22:11:34-04

A newborn baby in Chicago was abandoned in an alley and rescued by two citizens.

According to ABC7 Chicago, the mom and daughter were apparently walking by when they heard distressful cries from a shopping bag. The baby was found with his umbilical cord still attached.

They were able to get the baby to a nearby fire station where he was given CPR and revived.

After using heating pads and warming blankets to warm the newborn, he was taken to Norwegian American Hospital where his condition stabilized. He was then transferred to another hospital for further treatment.

“The baby was cold as concrete,” CFD Paramedic Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice told ABC7 Chicago, “I wasn’t too optimistic, but like I said to the lieutenant, I wasn’t ready to lose this one today, and neither were they and they worked very hard.”

Illinois officials say whoever left the baby had better options. The state operates under a safe haven law, which allows anyone to drop a baby off at a hospital, police station, or fire department within 30 days of them being born, no questions asked.

There is no solid information about who left the child or why but Chicago Police are currently investigating.