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Police investigating how baby born in restaurant was later found alive in a dumpster

Hurst police found an abandoned baby in a dumpster Friday morning near North East Mall.
Hurst police found an abandoned baby in a dumpster Friday morning near North East Mall. mitchmitchell@star-telegram.com

Police are interviewing witnesses to determine how a baby delivered at a restaurant got inside a dumpster on Friday next to North East Mall.

The baby and the mother have been taken to nearby hospitals and they each appear to be in good health, said Lt. Nathan Duermeyer, Hurst police spokesman.

Criminal charges could be forthcoming depending on the investigation, police said.

Officers met with a woman about 9:40 a.m. in the 900 block of Melbourne Road regarding a medical call and discovered an infant had been left inside a dumpster behind Souper Salad, police said.

About the same time someone was calling for medical help for the mother, someone also called police saying they saw a woman carrying something to a dumpster and her behavior seemed suspicious, according to police.

"I saw a lot of commotion in the parking lot around 9:30, around Souper Salad before they ever opened," said Houng Ta, an employee at Onsite Cellular Repair near where the baby was found. "There were some ambulances, fire trucks and police cars, but I never saw what happened."

Officers continue to investigate, police said.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3





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