A newborn baby was found hidden in a chest of drawers dumped in a Chicago alley on Tuesday morning, police said.
A woman found the few days old baby boy alive on North Oak Park Avenue around 8:13 a.m. – hours before furniture and other trash had been picked up by garbage trucks and taken to the landfill, according to reports.
The unidentified woman claimed she was passing by and stopped to recycle the dresser drawer handles, but found the baby wrapped in a rosary with some vomit in its mouth, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
She provided help until help arrived, the woman said.
“I put my finger on the little foot, just to see that it was moving,” the woman said, according to NBC Chicago.
“Every time I think about the details it just makes me sad,” she reportedly said. “So I’m just going to focus on the miracle that I was there, and that everyone showed up on time because I was shaking.”
The child was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital undamaged, Chicago police said in a statement to The Post.
The Chicago Detective Bureau issued a baby photo and requested information from the public on the apparently abandoned child.
Residents were appalled that the newborn was left behind because of Illinois Safe Haven laws, which would have allowed a parent to drop off the child in a location like a police station or hospital while he is not injured and is not yet 30 days old, ABC reported.
“You have a hospital right across the street, you have the fire department right around the corner from here,” neighbor Carlos Bracero told the station. “There are just a lot of options out there.”
Resident Candy Pittner said she was “at a loss for words”.
“She could even have rang my doorbell – I would have picked up the baby – and left,” Pittner said. “Everything except leave it in that drawer in a dresser or a drawer in the heat.”