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'Miracle': Baby Recovering After Being Found In Boston Trash Can

Patch logo Patch 2/27/2021 Alex Newman
a laptop computer sitting on top of a car: A newborn found abandoned in a trash can in Dorchester is recovering, the Suffolk District Attorney's office said. © Shutterstock A newborn found abandoned in a trash can in Dorchester is recovering, the Suffolk District Attorney's office said.

BOSTON, MA — Authorities are investigating after a newborn was found abandoned in a trash can in Dorchester.

The baby was rescued after a passerby heard a noise and alerted authorities, the Suffolk District Attorney's office said. Both the newborn and mother are being treated at a local hospital, the DA said.

Since 2004, the Safe Haven Act of Massachusetts allows a parent to legally surrender infants seven days old or younger at any hospital, police station or manned fire station without fear of facing criminal prosecution.

In addition, services are available to help new parents: The parental stress line, 1-800-632-8188 is staffed 24/7 in all languages and the National Safe Haven Alliance has a 24/7 crisis line at 888-510-BABY.

"We want parents of newborns to be aware that there are options available when they feel hopeless or overwhelmed," District Attorney Rachael Rollins said in a statement. "That this newborn survived is a miracle. The civilian who alerted authorities should be commended for getting involved and helping."

"We are hoping for this child’s continued good health," Rollins said.

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