[August 12, 2021: The Brighter Side of News]
The Chicago police have released a photo of a newborn left in a dresser drawer in a Northwest Side alley Tuesday, seeking help from anyone who may know the baby boy’s family.
The baby, less than a week old, was discovered about 8:15 a.m. in Montclare by a passerby who found the infant in the dresser drawer, said Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.
The Good Samaritan, who did not want to be identified, said the boy was wrapped in rosary beads. She was walking along the block when the dresser drawers caught her eye, reported ABC 7 Chicago. She approached the furniture, planning to recycle the handles on the drawers, and found the baby.
'I put my finger on the little foot, to just to see he was moving,' she told NBC Chicago.
The woman stayed with the baby until paramedics arrived and took him away.
He was taken in good condition to Lurie Children’s Hospital. The boy had no visible injuries, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
'It’s a good thing somebody came by. It’s hot out there, it could’ve ended differently, but it’s all seemingly worked out,' Langford explained.
Officials with the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation said there was garbage pick-up in the area Tuesday, and any furniture discarded in the alley would have been collected.
In Illinois, parents who can’t care for a newborn may anonymously surrender a baby up to 30 days old at hospitals, emergency medical care facilities, police and fire stations.
'Every time I think about the little details, it just makes me mad,' the woman who rescued the baby boy said, reflecting on his parents' decision to leave him in an alley in the middle of August. 'So I'm just gonna focus on the miracle that I was there, and that everybody showed up on time...'
The Chicago Police Department is investigating and is seeking to identify the baby.
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