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A newborn baby was found tucked into a discarded dresser drawer in a Chicago alley on Tuesday morning, police said.
A woman found the days-old baby boy alive on North Oak Park Avenue at about 8:13 a.m. – hours before the piece of furniture and other trash would’ve been picked up by garbage trucks and taken to landfill, reports said.
The unidentified woman claimed she was driving by and stopped to recycle the handles on the dresser drawers, but found the baby wrapped in a Rosary prayer beads with a bit of vomit in its mouth, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
She rendered aid until help arrived, the woman said.
“I put my finger on the little foot, to just to see he was moving,” the woman said, according to NBC Chicago.
“Every time I think about the details, it just makes me sad,” she reportedly said. “So I’m just gonna focus on the miracle I was there, and that everybody showed up on time because I was shaking.”
The child was transported to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in good condition, Chicago police said in a statement provided to The Post.
The Chicago Bureau of Detectives released a picture of the baby and asked for information from the public about the seemingly abandoned child.
Residents were dismayed about the newborn being left because of Illinois’ Safe Haven laws, that would have allowed a parent to drop the child at a location like a police station or hospital so long as he or she is uninjured and not yet 30 days old, ABC reported.
“You got a hospital right here across the street, you got the fire department that’s right around the corner from here,” neighbor Carlos Bracero told the station. “There’s just a lot of options out there.”
Resident Candy Pittner said she was “out of words.”
“She could have even rang my doorbell – I would have taken the baby – and left,” Pittner said. “Anything but leaving it in that drawer in a chest or drawer in the heat.”
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