'Baby Carlos,' who was found in dumpster, placed in CPS custody

HOUSTON - The baby boy found in a dumpster has been placed in CPS custody.

During a court hearing Wednesday, a judge granted temporary custody to the boy, now named "Baby Carlos."  Baby Carlos remains hospitalized, as does his 16-year-old mother.

According to a CPS caseworker, the girl said that she did not know that she was pregnant, and gave birth Tuesday in a bathtub. She then cut the umbilical cord herself.

The girl told the caseworker she thought the baby was dead, so she put him in the dumpster in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 9900 block of Windmill Lakes.

Baby Carlos was discovered in the dumpster Tuesday morning by a maintenance worker at the Reserve at Windmill Lakes.

The teen told the caseworker that the baby's father is a 22-year-old man who she has not spoken to in six months.

The judge said supervised visits between Baby Carlos and the mother will be allowed, unless the boy's guardian thinks it is not in the child's best interest.

Officials said the teen's mother lives in Alvin, but the girl has been living with her aunt in southeast Houston for the last two years.

CPS is working to determine whether there are other family members who can care for the boy.

Nurses had originally called the boy, "Baby Williams," but  CPS says the mother has now named him Baby Carlos after the maintenance worker who found him.

Police said once the teen, who we're told still has parental rights, is released from the hospital, it will be up to the Harris County District Attorney's Office to determine what, if any, charges will be referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation.

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.

After we first broke the news Tuesday, Local 2 has heard from a number of viewers who expressed interest in donating money and other items for the baby boy. CPS Spokesperson Estella Olguin said those who want to help the baby can write a check to Harris County Child Protective Services with a memo noting it's for the baby found in a dumpster. Donations can also be made at the CPS offices, also with a memo noting it's for the baby found in a dumpster.

Donations can also be taken to CPS offices. Checks could be made out to Harris County Protective Services with a note that it is for the baby found in a dumpster.

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