Newborn baby boy found outside apartment complex dumpster in Arlington, police say

A woman who was taking trash to an apartment complex dumpster Saturday morning in Arlington heard crying coming from a nearby container and found a newborn baby boy inside, police said.

The baby, who was “abandoned and discarded” outside the trash bin, was transported to Medical City Arlington hospital, where he is in stable condition and is recovering, according to Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman. The baby appeared to have been born just hours before being discovered, Cook said.

Police aren’t releasing images of the container he was found in, he said, because that information is only known to the suspect, and police want to avoid a false confession.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson tweeted Saturday afternoon that “officers responded to a terrible call this morning” of a baby being placed into a dumpster at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Tan Oak Lane. However, Cook said, the baby was actually in the container next to the dumpster.

Responding firefighters and medics administered CPR to the baby before he was transported to the hospital, Cook said.

“At this point, we just want to identify the mother and figure out what happened,” he said. “It’s more important for us to get that information to the hospital, and then we can continue with the investigation.”

The chief tweeted about the incident Saturday, Cook said, to get the information out there in the hopes of receiving tips.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 911 or, if they want to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

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