Washington State Police say a newborn baby found and rescued from a trash compactor is expected to survive.
The baby was rushed to the hospital after a couple discovered it Friday night.
As Jeff Meyers and his girlfriend walked toward a dumpster, they heard what sounded like a baby crying. They called police and then immediately started digging.
“She immediately – in her dress – jumped into the garbage compactor and started just pulling bags out,” Meyers said of his girlfriend, Paula.
Layers of garbage down, their worst fears were realized.
“‘Oh my God – it’s a real baby,’” Meyers remembered saying.
And this is no ordinary dumpster. It’s a garbage compactor, and it was Meyers’s girlfriend’s job to turn it on.
“Thank God Paula didn’t hit that button,” Meyers said. “Had that baby not cried one second before she hit that button, we’d be out here for a much worse story.”
The baby boy was covered in blood and still had the umbilical cord attached.
Police say he is in stable condition and is expected to survive, but they are still searching for the person responsible for the crime and are asking for the public’s help.
In Washington, there are safe havens to drop off babies, including any fire station or emergency room, with no questions asked.
There is a fire station just half a mile from the dumpster where the baby was found.
“If someone finds themselves in a situation where they don’t know what to do with their baby, and they just want to drop it off, a fire station is a safe place to do that,” said Asst. Chief Rick Robinson of the Everett Fire Dept.