JACKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) — A newborn baby is recovering after he was discovered in a dumpster Thursday morning in Jackson, according to police.
The Jackson Police Department said officers responded to 33 Carver Street at the Carver Apartments at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, after a community member called about the infant.
The baby boy was found alive, but he was cold, so officers and first responders addressed that immediately and brought him to the hospital for treatment, officials said.
During a press conference on Friday, Jan. 20, Police Chief Thom Corley announced the baby was stabilized by staff at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and then transferred to another facility for advanced care.
Corley thanked the officers, the members of the Jackson Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, and the hospital staff for providing life-saving care to the infant.
“I’m absolutely convinced that if it were not for the joint efforts of these first responders and medical personnel, this newborn baby in this case would not have survived,” he said.
However, Corley acknowledged this was not a typical call to service for first responders. In order to address concerns about potentially long-lasting effects of such an experience, he said trauma debriefing, counseling, and department chaplains will be made available.
Corley said authorities were able to identify the newborn’s mother — who is being treated for medical issues from giving birth — but did not share any additional details about her.
According to Corley, police are investigating the incident alongside the Department of Children Services and the District Attorney’s Office.
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the Jackson Police Department at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477.
“I’d like to publicly thank the community for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers for the child involved in this case, and I personally want to request those prayers continue,” Corley said. “He’s got a long road ahead.”
The police chief also pointed to the state’s Safe Haven Law, which allows parents in crisis to surrender a newborn at designated places like fire and police stations, as well as hospitals.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a similar situation, you are encouraged to call the Safe Haven hotline at 1-866-99-BABY1.
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