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Newborn baby found thrown in trash in Jersey City

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JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – New Jersey police are searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy found thrown in the garbage in Jersey City Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say a group of children playing behind an apartment building on Kensington Avenue heard crying coming from a garbage bag at about 2:45. The kids went to the building’s superintendent and told him there was a baby in the trash. The man’s wife then called 911. The baby was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where his condition remains unknown.

“Those children saved that baby’s life, if they didn’t do anything that baby would’ve died,” said Sherril Smaw, a neighbor.


The apartment building at 30 Kensington Avenue where the baby was found.

Neighbors who spoke to PIX11 News were stunned and couldn’t recall anyone in the apartment who was pregnant or could’ve been hiding a pregnancy.

“I don’t understand how people can take something that is part of them and throw it away,” said Zenitra Washington. “It’s just sick.”

Late into the evening, detectives were still on the scene and interviewing neighbors to try and find out who the mother is.

“There’s so many childless couples out here, I’m quite sure someone will adopt the baby and the baby will go to a good home,” said neighbor Sheril Shaw.



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