A prematurely born baby, who was about two hours old, was found alive Saturday morning, Sept. 21, abandoned in a zipped suitcase next to a trash compactor at a Texas apartment complex, police said.
A woman who lives at the Monterra Pointe Apartments in Arlington was throwing out some trash just before 8:15 a.m. Saturday when she heard a baby’s cries and saw a small black suitcase. Authorities are now searching for the baby’s mother.
The baby was four to six weeks premature, Arlington police Det. Morgan Speer said. He weighs 4 pounds, 12 ounces and had no visible injuries on his body.
The baby is doing well and being slowely taken off oxygen, Speer said.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, police released photos of the suitcase along with a scarf and a blanket found inside. The evidence was still being processed to try to collect fingerprints or blood that would help identify the baby’s mother, police said.
The main concern of investigators is the mother’s safety at this point and time, Speer said.
“We don’t know if she’s OK. We don’t know where she’s at,” said Speer. “That is our No. 1 concern at this point in time, is her safety.”
Police officers and detectives canvassed the apartment complex and spoke with “almost every single resident,” Speer said. Hospitals and emergency clinics in the area were also notified and told to be on the lookout for a potential mother seeking medical care.
Speer did not say if the baby’s mother could face charges.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services met with a judge on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to be granted custody of the baby while he remains hospitalized. Once he is released from the hospital, he will go to a foster family, according to Speer.