A newborn baby was found in a trash can in a gas station restroom in Pennsylvania, reportedly abandoned by her mother.
LifeNews.com reports that the incident occurred at a gas station near Pittsburgh. The newborn was found by paramedics who came to the location to treat the baby’s mother.
The woman reportedly gave birth in the gas station bathroom, telling her family she felt sick, and later telling paramedics she had a miscarriage.
The paramedics, however, found the baby alive in the trash can, reportedly uninjured.
“Devastating, devastating. It’s awful,” Valerie Hamer, who manages a restaurant across the street, told CBS. “She could have given that baby up for adoption, or there’s so many other ways than to dispose of it in a garbage can.”
“Thank goodness it’s alive,” Hamer added, “and hopefully, someone will be able to adopt it. She’ll have a wonderful family.”
According to LifeNews, all 50 states have safe haven laws which allow mothers to drop off unwanted children at designated locations such as hospitals and fire stations with no threat of repercussions.
These laws are meant to prevent instances like what occurred in the Pennsylvania gas station.
Indiana has even begun to use “baby boxes,”--specially designed boxes that have climate control and are comfortable for newborns. After a mother places her unwanted baby inside, the box will alert officials who will then make sure the baby is cared for.
No charges have been filed against the mother in the recent case.
Publication date: September 30, 2016