Tips From Public Help Police Find Mom Of Baby Left In Dumpster

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Police have located the mother of a newborn baby found alive inside an Emporia dumpster.

Emporia Police say detectives were able to find the mother because of tips from the public. The information focused on a local business and an employee. After being questioned by police, the employee confirmed that she had indeed given birth to a baby earlier in the day.

The baby is a boy weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces. Newman Hospital medical staff believe he was born just 30 minutes before being found in the trash dumpster. The Emporia Police Department is continuing their investigation.
Friday, October 22, 2010

Police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby found alive inside a dumpster. Officers responded to the Chapel Ridge Apartments in west Emporia just before 8:30 a.m. Friday after two maintenance workers reportedly found the child. Police say the workers were throwing trash away when they heard crying or rustling inside the dumpster. When they opened a bag someone had thrown away, they found the infant.

"Children aren't trash, it doesn't matter," said Chapel Ridge resident Wilma Landis.

Landis is just one resident to say she's sad and shocked to hear why police crowded around the place she throws her trash Friday morning.

"I didn't know what it was, but that wouldn't have come to mind," said another resident, Tina Barrett.

"Anybody in this complex would have taken the baby. There's no need to throw a child in the trash," said Landis.

But that's exactly what someone did. Police estimate the newborn was in a trash bag inside the dumpster for 20 to 30 minutes before two maintenance workers discovered it.

"They're the heroes. Basically they saved a life today," said Emporia Police Lt. Ed Owens.

EMS took the baby to Newman Regional Health where it's in stable condition. Now, police say they're concerned the baby's mother may need treatment as well.

"We would really like to make sure mom is okay as well, and so far nobody's come forward," said Owens.

For the mother to come forward, is something residents living at Chapel Ridge Apartments say they would like to see, so she could provide more information about the baby who is now in the hospital without a home.

"Hopefully there will be somebody that will be able to afford it and adopt it and take good care of it and give it a good home. Because every child needs a good home," said Landis.

Police say this incident is a reminder of why safe haven laws exist. The law says someone can give a baby away within 45 days of birth with no questions asked, if the child is unharmed.

Emporia police are asking anyone with information about the mother's whereabouts to call them at (620) 343-4225.

No word yet on whether charges will be filed against the woman if she's found.


At 8:24 this morning, a baby was found unattended at Chapel Ridge Apartments in the 3600 block of W. 18th in Emporia.

KVOE Radio in Emporia reports that the baby was found in a dumpster on the complex property.

The baby had been born very recently and is being attended to at Newman Regional Health.

Police are concerned for the woman who gave birth to the child and say they need to find her to make sure she receives the medical attention she needs.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporia Police Department at (620) 343-4225.

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