Mom ID'd after newborn baby found alive in dumpster in SE Houston

By Amanda Perez , Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter , Jill Courtney

HOUSTON - A newborn baby boy was found alive in a dumpster in southeast Houston Tuesday morning and now police say they have identified the mother.

Houston police say the baby 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.

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.

"I was going to the back of the property on the golf cart and I saw Carlos carrying something in his hands. I got close and it was a baby," said Ricky Ramirez.

Trash pick-up for the apartment complex is at 8 a.m., except on Tuesdays.

Gregory Crew, who also works at Windmill Lakes, was speechless when he found out what happened.

"If that baby would have been left in the dumpster on a Monday or Wednesday things would not have been good," said Crew.

Officials say HFD firefighters rushed the baby to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Estella Olguin, a spokesperson for Child Protective Services, said the baby was reported to be in good condition.

Houston police say the mother -- a 16-year-old -- has been identified and admitted in an interview to placing the child in the dumpster. The teen was taken to a Pearland hospital.

According to Houston police, the teen mother is a student at South Houston High School. Sources told Local 2 she lived at the apartment complex with her aunt.

Police said once the teen 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.

"She needs to go to jail and serve her time for her child," a neighbor told Local 2.

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.

Olguin said the baby boy will likely remain hospitalized for a few days.

CPS will hold an emergency hearing Wednesday to determine if they will retain custody, or if the baby will be placed with a family member.

Throughout the day, Local 2 has heard from a number of viewers who expressed interest in donating money and other items for the baby boy. 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.

If you would like to help this baby, donations can 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.

If donated to the website the money will go to all children in CPS.

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