Maintenance workers in Connecticut rescued an 8-month-old baby girl from a dumpster Monday after police said her babysitter abandoned her to die.
The Blaze reports the baby girl was found with burns on her hands in the trash at the Presidential Village Apartments in New Haven. She is in stable condition at a local hospital, authorities said.
Police said they arrested Andiana Velez, 24, of Hamden, after she allegedly threw the child in the trash while she was supposed to be babysitting her. Police said Velez also assaulted the baby’s mother.
She is facing multiple charges related to assault and reckless endangerment, according to police.
WSFB-TV reports a local resident heard the baby’s cries in the dumpster and alerted maintenance workers, including Rick Chardon.
“He stepped away from the trash can, and he heard something crying. He turned around and looked in. There was a little baby that had trash on top of it,” Chardon told the local news. “[He] called for one of our other maintenance workers over to help him get it out, got it out, as I pulled in they handed her over to me.”
Chardon said the baby girl looked like she was freezing when they pulled her out of the trash. He said she was “shivering like crazy.”
“Whoever did that to her, they should be punished severely,” he said. “A blatant disregard for life altogether.”
Police said they do not know yet who is responsible for the burns on the baby’s hands.
Infant abandonment and infanticide still occur throughout the U.S., though safe haven laws have protected thousands of babies from potentially terrible fates.
All 50 states have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their infant child at a police station or hospital without repercussions. Some European and Asian countries also have baby boxes where women can safely surrender their infant child if they cannot take care of the baby.
If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or 1-888-510-BABY. More information also is available at NationalSafeHavenAlliance.org or SafeHavenLaw.com.
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