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Newborn baby found in dumpster now in care of DCF

Baby girl weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, sheriff's spokeswoman says

A newborn baby girl was found in this dumpster at the Alister Boca Raton apartment complex.
A newborn baby girl was found in this dumpster at the Alister Boca Raton apartment complex.

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating after a newborn baby was found in a dumpster at an apartment complex west of Boca Raton.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said two people walking in the Alister Boca Raton apartments heard a baby crying Wednesday morning and found the newborn in a dumpster.

Barbera said the baby girl, who weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, was taken to an area hospital.

"DCF has an open investigation and the child is safe in the department's care," department spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes said Thursday in an email.

Patterson-Hughes referred all other inquiries to Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies.

Barbera said detectives are also investigating.