A newborn baby was found inside a dumpster in the 300 block of W. Lafayette Ave. in Jacksonville, Illinois Saturday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who put it there and why.
Lt. Chris Johnson with the Jacksonville Police Department said a man made a lucky but sad discovery this weekend.
“He was taking some trash out to the dumpster of the business that he works at, and he observed something moving in the trash can. And when he removed that item, he discovered that it was a baby,” Johnson said.
Police responded to the scene just after 8:14 a.m.
The baby was transported to Passavant Area Hospital for treatment.
Johnson said doctors told police the baby was less than 12 hours old.
“It’s not nothing short of what we’ve called a miracle that, that baby was found that quickly after its birth,” Johnson said.
Police have gone door-to-door asking residents if they saw anything.
They’re also following up on every tip.
“One thing that keeps coming up, is the woman or the man or whoever did this, doesn’t want the baby to be found; because they were so close to a safe haven here. The police department, the fire department,” Johnson said.
Lori Deskovich lives close to where the baby was found.
“I think a lot of people are really surprised that, that did happen,” Deskovich said.
She was shocked to hear about it.
“I wish they would have really found the resources that they needed, you know, to help the baby instead of just leaving it,” Deskovich said.
Now, police officers and detectives have centered their investigation on locating the baby’s parents.
“The main part of our focus now, is finding the mother,” Johnson said. “One of the things that we’re concerned about is the aftercare.”
But this story has a happy ending.
Johnson said the baby is going to make it.
“The one thing that a lot of people have had on their minds is the health of the baby.” Johnson said. “We are letting people know that the baby is healthy.”
Johnson said once the baby is released from the hospital, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will find a place for it.
If you have any information that can help investigators, you’re asked to contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 217-479-4630.
Police have not released the gender of the baby.
Read about Illinois’ Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act by clicking here .
By Derek Frank: Sunday, August 31st 2014