Newborn Found Abandoned Near Dumpster at Arlington Apartment Complex: PD

The baby is being cared for at a hospital, police say

A newborn baby was found abandoned next to a dumpster at an Arlington apartment complex Saturday morning, police say.

A woman taking out her trash at the Monterra Pointe Apartments on Tan Oak Lane called 911 around 8:15 a.m. She said she heard the baby crying in a container placed near the dumpster.

Police said they are searching for the baby's parents. Though the person who left him could face a felony charge, they said their priority to get the family health history to help doctors treat the baby. 

"I can only imagine maybe what the mother's going through. There's always a reason for something like this, so we're not casting judgment, but we definitely need to figure out who placed this newborn child there," Arlington police Lt. Chris Cook said.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call 911. Tips can be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

Over the last five years, the state says 59 babies were surrendered under the Safe Haven Law, 16 of them were in North Texas.

Under Texas' Baby Moses Law, or Safe Haven Law, unwanted babies 60 days old or younger, who are unharmed and safe, can be left at any hospital, fire station or in the care of emergency medical service providers with no questions asked.

Click here to read more about this law.

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