A newborn baby boy was found alive in a dumpster in southeast Houston Tuesday morning and now police say they have located and 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.
Carlos Michel, a maintenance worker at the complex, told KPRC-TV 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.
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 -- 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 KPRC she lived at the apartment complex with her aunt.
Police said once the teen mother 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 KPRC.
Olguin said the baby boy will likely remain hospitalized for a few days, and after that he will be placed in foster care. The infant's stay in foster care could be temporary in he can be placed with another family member.
CPS reminds parents 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.