NC woman rescues newborn baby found alive in trash can

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 17th, 2020 4:58 pm
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Last Updated Jul 21st, 2020 at 9:01 am

North Carolina police are investigating after a newborn baby was found alive inside a trash can Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, a woman named Cynthia Burton heard a noise coming from inside a blue trash bin near a local church as she was walking her dog around 5 p.m.

As she approached the trash can, the cries grew louder. She tore open a black trash bag and found a baby boy inside. He was covered in blood and his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck.

After screaming for help, Burton sprinted to a nearby apartment complex and flagged down a couple outside on their patio to call 911 as she attended to the child.

Burton successfully unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby's neck and then cradled the infant as the group sang "Jesus Loves Me" while waiting for EMS workers to arrive.

"Every time I close my eyes, I felt that I was reopening the trash bag and seeing the baby... but the good thing," Burton said. "I knew he was alive when I found him, and I knew that was a good thing. But I knew I didn't have a lot a lot of time."

The infant was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Wilmington police tweeted that the little boy "is healthy and doing well."

Law enforcement is still trying to locate the mother who abandoned her baby.


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