Newborn baby left in 100-degree-plus heat in Stockton dumpster

A newborn baby was rescued from a dumpster Tuesday morning, Stockton Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Police received a call around 11:43 a.m. that a baby may have been left in a dumpster at the 5900 block of Village Green Drive, the post said.

With the weather over 100 degrees, the baby is alive thanks to Troy Cooper, 51, and his building manager John Pedebone who jumped into the dumpster to rescue the baby and called first responders, said Joe Silva, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.

Cooper said he was passing by when he first heard something that sounded like a kitten, but said “it was unbelievable” when he looked and saw a baby.

The baby boy has been transported to a hospital and is doing well, the post said. Police later found the 15-year-old mother near the scene and brought her to a hospital for treatment. She will receive a felony citation for child abuse and neglect and has been released to her parents, Silva said.

The Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows a parent to surrender a baby within 72 hours of its birth without fear of arrest or prosecution as long as the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect. During the 14-day cooling off period, the person can choose to return to reclaim the child.

Safely surrender sites are generally hospital emergency rooms or firehouses; for a full list of sites, call 877-222-9723.

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Jaimie Ding, from Scripps College, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee with an interest in politics and international relations. She grew up in Vancouver, Washington.