Mother of Ditched Newborn Found in Emporia

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

EMPORIA -- Emporia Police say they've located the mother of a newborn baby boy dropped in a dumpster in West Emporia Friday morning.

The mother of the child is identified by detectives as 24-year old Christina N. Devine of Emporia. She's being checked by doctors at Newman Regional Health Center. Her baby son, who weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces at the time he was discovered in the dumpster, remains hospitalized this weekend. He's reported in stable condition this morning.

Police and firefighters were called to Chapel Ridge Apartment shortly before 8:30 Friday morning, where the baby boy was found breathing, but in the filthy dumpster. Lt. Ed Owens reports the child was placed in the dumpster shortly after he was born, and was not there very long. Tips from the public led police to canvass the complex and search the trash dumpsters for clues that could lead to the mother, an employee at an Emporia business.

The woman confirmed she had given birth earlier in the day. Formal charges against her are pending.

Kansas has a "safe haven" law where parents can legally drop babies off up to 45 days old at any Fire Station, medical facility or Health Department office, with no questions asked. None of those facilities in Emporia has ever reported seeing a "safe haven" incident.


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