The following comes from an Oct. 9 story in the Merced Sun-Star.
Police believe the mother of a newborn found Thursday in a trash bin may live in or near the south Merced apartment complex where the baby was abandoned.
The newborn girl, who appeared to be just a few hours old, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive, Capt. Tom Trindad said.
“We’re very concerned for the mother’s health and just want to make sure she’s OK,” Trindad said. “It is still early in the investigation and unknown if criminal charges will be filed.”
Investigators are not limiting their search to the area around the Sunnyside Apartments in the 900 block of D Street, where the child was found just before 6 a.m.
“Anyone who knows of someone who has been pregnant and is no longer pregnant, but has no baby – that’s something we’d like them to contact the detectives about,” Trindad said.
Jorge Miranda said he was looking for cans and bottles to sell for recycling when he found the child partially wrapped in a towel, under discarded pizza boxes and plastic trash bags.
Jimmy Alvarez, who lives close by, said he heard Miranda shouting for help outside. Miranda, who speaks limited English, said the discovery made him feel “very bad.”
“He was shocked, he was scared,” Alvarez said of Miranda. “The baby was lying in the corner of the dumpster, half naked, the umbilical cord hanging.”
Alvarez said he wrapped the child in his own shirt, while his wife, Annette, called 911. He asked the paramedics if he could name the child “Milagros.”
“It means ‘miracle,’ ” Alvarez said. “It was a miracle she was there; it was a miracle she was found. I’m just grateful it wasn’t dumpster day.”
Alvarez said his wife held the baby, who was breathing but very cold to the touch, and gently massaged her chest. “Then (the infant) just gasped and started crying.”
Emergency responders provided first aid and rushed the child to an area hospital, where she remained Thursday….
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Because we live in a throw away society, is there any wonder why life is now considered cheap? We throw almost everything away, and now life, which is precious, is thought to be trash. There is hardly any respect for mankind; priority goes to goods and services, and man is given what is left. Perhaps run away capitalism can join communism as the reason for this. Of course, the whole birth control/abortion mindset also is responsible. Loyal Catholics have much reparation to do in order to appease God for all the wickedness in the world today.
Hi Father Karl,
Are you talking about the man who procreated this child, and then decided to kill the child by just taking off?
If the father does not even know that his child is missing, why on earth, should the mother care more about the child, than the father?
You may deny it, but it is obvious that you hate men!
In God’s eyes, where it really counts, you will be happy to know that the man who impregnated that woman IS JUST AS RESPONSIBLE!
May God have Mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
If the man is so responsible, then how come there is no one looking for him? Or he is busy impregnating now other woman?
Where do you think that man goes? To Haven?
Your writing shows that you may not like women if they, the women do not bare the whole responsibility for carrying for the child procreated by the man.
Would you help finding that man, so that he does not impregnate other women, only to disappear soon after ?
Women do not procreate…they carry the child placed in their womb by a man.
Not sure what runaway capitalism even is. A likely child of the federal utopia drops her child into the dustbin, and peaceable voluntary exchange (capitalism) is somehow the cause. Worse, it’s packaged with communism in the blame game.
On behalf of Adam Smith, a sincere apology is in order.
It’s not enough to “understand” why mothers do this, they have committed a crime and should be held to account for it. This is never OK, and should never be discounted because the mother has “issues”. Lots of sadness does not make this kind of behavior less of a crime.
How Providential that Mr. Miranda found this precious baby. May this baby be adopted by some loving family.
If we ever get destroyed as a state or nation, we certainly can’t blame God. We certainly have provoked Him enough by these grotesque sins.