Children’s Protective Services case workers were in court Wednesday to discuss the future of Carlos Guzman, the baby who was found abandoned in a dumpster in February.
Baby Carlos was discovered by a worker at around 8:30 a.m. in a dumpster in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 9900 block of Windmill Lakes. He was named after the man who saved his life.
Carlos Michel, a maintenance worker at the Reserve at Windmill Lakes, told Local 2 he thought he heard a cat in the dumpster and looked inside to check. After seeing something in a garbage bag move, he opened the bag up and found the baby. He held the boy while other workers called 911.
Images of the newborn made the hearts of Houstonians melt.
After police searched the area, they found the baby’s teen mom. She was a student at South Houston High School and lived at the apartment complex with her aunt. She was later arrested and charged with abandoning a child without the intent to return.
More than four months later, case workers appeared before a judge to discuss the baby’s condition and future.
Baby Carlos’ foster family wants to adopt him.
According to a child advocacy case worker, the baby is “in a great place.” The worker said the baby loves his foster mom, responds to her voice and interacts well with his siblings.
The mother, who is in high school, was only 16 years old when she gave birth. She is now receiving counseling. The 22-year-old baby’s father, who is a citizen of Guatemala, is not cooperating with investigators. He at first agreed to take a DNA test, but no one has been able to reach him. The court is working to remove his parental rights.
According to court documents, the case will be handed over to the HPD Juvenile Sex Crimes Division because the mother was underage.
CPS reminds parents that there are safe ways to surrender your baby. Under the state’s "Baby Moses" law, a child younger than 60 days old can be turned over, with no questions asked, to an employee at any hospital or fire station.