Newborn baby found inside dumpster in Stockton


Today Stockton police said they responded to a report of a possible baby in a dumpster.

When officers arrived, they met with a citizen who told officers he thought he saw a baby wrapped up inside the dumpster. 

Police said they found a newborn baby boy alive inside the dumpster and medics transported the baby to an area hospital for treatment.

During the investigation, police say they located a teenage mother near the scene and she was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Stockton police said the baby boy is doing well and is in protective custody.

The 15-year-old mother of the newborn baby boy is still in the hospital being treated but will be cited for felony child abuse/endangerment and will be released to her parents, police say

This is still an active investigation.

Police said please remember newborns can be safely surrendered to any firehouse or hospital emergency rooms within 72 hours of birth without fear of being prosecuted as long as the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect.

The Stockton Police Department is encouraging people to call if they have information pertaining to this investigation. Callers are asked to call the Stockton Police Department at ‪(209) 937-8377‬, the Investigations Unit at ‪(209) 937-8323‬

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