Woman detained in case of baby found alive in dumpster

Detectives question woman after medical examination

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Detectives detained a woman Thursday, as they investigate how a newborn baby girl ended up alone in a dumpster west of Boca Raton. 

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, detectives consider the woman to be a "person of interest." A spokesperson for the department wrote on Twitter that deputies took her "to a local hospital for medical clearance.

"Once cleared, she will be transported to PBSO, Special Investigations Division, to be interviewed further."

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said a detective described the newborn baby as "cute as a button." Two maintenance workers found the crying baby smudged with dirt Wednesday, deputies said. 

The newborn baby weighs 6 pounds and 8 ounces. She was in a gated-off trash area at the Alister Boca Raton Apartments, formerly known as the Boca Entrada Apartments in West Boca, on the 10300 block of Boca Entrada Boulevard 

Paige-Patterson Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families said the baby is in their care and they are also conducting an investigation. 

A newborn girl was found in this dumpster at the Alister Boca Raton apartments.

In Florida, the Safe Haven Law allows mothers to surrender their unharmed child at a police station, hospital or fire station without consequence. For more information about Safe Haven, call 1-877-767-2229. 

Deputies are asking anyone with information about the baby to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477. 


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