Newborn Baby Abandoned in an Alley Saved From Death 1 Day Before Garbage Pickup

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 11, 2021   |   3:44PM   |   Chicago, Illinois

A Chicago hospital is caring for a newborn baby who was found abandoned in a dresser drawer Tuesday morning, according to the Chicago Police Department.

FOX 32 reports the baby boy was discovered alive in a dresser drawer in a pile of trash in an alley on North Oak Park Avenue, Montclare.

Police said a woman discovered the infant as she was walking by and cared for him until emergency responders arrived.

Authorities estimate the baby is less than a week old.

Police are looking for his parents. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 312-746-6554.

Infant abandonment and infanticide are problems across the world. Earlier this summer, a service crew found a dead, “full-grown” baby’s body in a port-a-potty in Northeast Houston, Texas. Another dead baby’s body was discovered in May in a canal in Willenhall, England.

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Many countries have laws and resources to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. In America, all 50 states have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their infant child at a police station or hospital without repercussions. Some European and Asian countries also have baby boxes where women can safely surrender their infant child if they cannot take care of the baby.

Monica Kelsey, a pro-life advocate and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes, told FOX 32 that safe haven laws in the U.S. have saved about 4,700 babies. Her organization helps set up baby boxes in fire stations where babies can be safely and anonymously surrendered to authorities.

The Illinois Safe Haven law allows a parent to leave a baby up to 30 days old with a worker at a hospital, police station, fire station or other emergency facility without fear of legal consequences.