Newborn boy rescued from Northern California dumpster

Police say an apartment resident heard cries and notified the manager who pulled the child from the dumpster

Police say an apartment resident heard cries and notified the manager who pulled the child from the dumpster

Late Tuesday morning, officials at SPD said they responded to a call from a local citizen who believed a baby might be inside of the Stockton dumpster, according to their Facebook post.

"[She] is still in the hospital being treated but will be cited for felony child abuse/endangerment and will be released to her parents", SPD confirmed.

Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said the baby was taken to a hospital where he is recovering.

The man called the apartment manager, who jumped in the dumpster and discovered the newborn wrapped up inside.

The boy still had his umbilical cord and was taken to a hospital, where he was doing well Wednesday, he said.

Two people found the boy wrapped in a blanket inside a plastic bag Tuesday afternoon in Stockton, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Sacramento.

According to Fox11, officials located the child's 15-year-old mother near the scene.

The baby is said to be doing well and is in the custody of child protective services.

It was unclear how long the infant had been in the dumpster, Silva said. No one living nearby could tell KTXL who lived there.

"We're still trying to figure out exactly her connection to that apartment complex", Silva said. "We're calling those good Samaritans heroes".

"Due to their quick actions, they most likely prevented a tragedy from occurring", the Stockton Police Department wrote in a statement.

Resident Troy Cooper told the Stockton Record he was returning home from visiting a friend when he heard what sounded like a kitten and a baby crying at the same.

Startled, he called his apartment manager, John Pedebone, for help.

After searching through the garbage bin, SPD said officers found a newborn baby boy alive inside "and medics transported the baby to an area hospital for treatment". "So, I just make sure that he's breathing and warm", Pedebone said.

"Hopefully", he said, "everything will be fine".