A newborn baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached was discovered abandoned in a trash bag over the weekend behind a Jersey City apartment complex.
According to reports, three children playing outside a Kensington Avenue apartment building heard a baby crying from a pile of garbage near the building and alerted the superintendent. Arturo Rivas and his wife rescued the infant and called the police.
“The baby opened his hands and my wife put her fingers in the palm of his hand and he closed his finger around my wife’s finger,” Rivas told a local television station. “We knew the baby was OK and responding.” Rivas said he and his wife removed tissue and other debris from the child’s nose and mouth. The unidentified child is described as either Latino or African-American and was immediately transferred to Jersey City Medical Center. Hospital officials said the child was born at least two months prematurely and remained in stable condition as of Monday evening. Police are scouring hours of surveillance footage from in and around the complex in order to locate the child’s mother. Police believe the mother is a resident of the building due to the limited-access location of where the baby was discovered.
The abandoned baby has attracted national attention and has raised the importance of the Safe Haven law—a measure that protects mothers of unwanted children by allowing them to leave an unwanted child at a police station, hospital or church without facing any criminal charges. Every state in the country has some form of the Safe Haven law in effect.”