Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Hours-Old Baby Found in Calgary Garbage

Hours-old baby found in Calgary garbage
Last Updated Wed, 08 Sep 2004 10:17:41 EDT

CALGARY - A newborn baby was saved Tuesday night when a woman discovered him wrapped in a garbage bag and placed with the trash in a Calgary neighbourhood.

The boy, believed to be only hours old, was suffering from mild hypothermia and is in hospital.

Temperatures in Calgary hovered around 10 degrees Tuesday evening.

The woman was out walking her dog around 8:40 p.m. when she heard a sound from the bag, which was in the driveway of a home in the city's northwest. She called police and paramedics when she discovered the infant inside.

The garbage would have been collected Wednesday morning.

Calgary Police Insp. Brooke Bishop says the baby's 15-year-old mother was found in a nearby home, and was also taken to hospital.

"We have to determine the mindset of the young mother, find out what brought her to do this desperate act of leaving the baby," Bishop said. "And then social services needs to be involved.

"Whether there are criminal proceedings that have to occur ... there is so much that has to be completed before that is determined."

Written by CBC News Online staff