A mother is in custody and a newborn baby boy is in the hands of child protective services after he was found dumped in a Stockton dumpster.
Stockton police arrived at Winslow Village Apartments on Village Green Drive to find that a newborn baby in a dumpster by a resident of the complex at around 11:43am.
Troy Cooper who found the baby instantly contacted his apartment manager, John Pedebone for help. Pedebone who picked the baby up said that he was still breathing and his umbilical cord was still attached.
“How could anybody do this? It was just unbelievable,” Cooper said.
Pedebone says he went into dad mode to try to save the baby boy before calling police.
The Stockton Police Department is investigating after a newborn baby was found in a Stockton dumpster.
Troy Cooper lives in Stockton’s Winslow Village Apartments on Village Green Drive, where he found the baby boy wrapped in plastic inside the dumpster around 11:43 a.m.
“Instinct as a dad, I just need to try to do anything that I could to try help out the baby,” Pedebone told FOX40. “So, before the ambulance gets here, I just make sure that he’s breathing and warm.”
Officials took the baby to the hospital and say that he is recovering in the custody of Child Protective Services. As for his mother, the 15-year-old was located and also taken to the hospital. She now faces citations for felony child abuse and endangerment and released to her parents, according to the police department.
Given extremely hot weather at this time of year, Officer Joe Silva said that if it weren’t for the two men at the apartment complex, that baby may have not made it.
Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call Stockton Police.