Newborn found beside dumpster

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A baby was found beside a dumpster in the 4100 block of Kirby Parkway Thursday night.

A witness told police she saw a woman try to throw something in a trash bin behind All About Hair Salon. When she couldn't, the woman put it next to the dumpster.

The witness said the woman took off she she noticed someone saw her, and when she went over to see what was left, she found a newborn on the ground.

The witness banged on All About Hair Salon's door. Paula Martin was working late inside.

"I was here working and a lady knocked on the door saying that someone left a baby at the dumpster," Martin said.

Martin called 911, unsure if the whole thing was a joke.

"I waited on the police, and they got here. Sure enough, someone left a baby," she said.

Martin said the baby was naked and wrapped in a light blue blanket.

The baby, who appeared to be unharmed and is believed to be less than a week old, was taken to Le Bonheur.

The witness said the female appeared to be 17 to 20 years old.

If you can help police identify the baby, call 901-636-3330.

“There are so many options available for those who are struggling with the birth of a child. Tennessee State law allows parents to drop off unwanted newborns to local safe havens such as hospitals, medical clinics and walk-in clinics which are located throughout the Memphis area,” MPD Director Toney Armstrong said.

“Thankfully a citizen witnessed this child being placed on the ground and called police and fire personnel for assistance," he added. "We are trying to locate the mother of this child, but our number one concern at this time is to make sure this child is safe and well taken care of.”

For information about Safe Haven locations, call 877-768-3473.


  • Bytemeagain

    There are many couples who can’t have children for one reason or another, but these hoodrats pop them out like Skittles. FOOLISHNESS!

    • lindalou

      You mean that there are plenty of WHITE couples who struggle to conceive? HAHAHAHHAH…if you caved dogs were the original HUE-MAN you would not have that issue. The white woman’s womb is worthless which is why you struggle to conceive and then when you are actually able to conceive, usually with medical intervention, you give births to non-human species (See vestigiality)….Dont hate the Black wombman because your women are inadequate, she is the MOTHER of the earth….

  • impulse item

    Everyone should be on the lookout for a woman with “shoulder length” hair. Wait a minute……. that’s my sister.

  • Calypso

    Mother was probably only 17years old which means she wouldn’t know squat about anything yet. Heck I’m 40 years old and didnt know about drop off havens. It’s a shame that her parents like many have not paid the teen enough attention to know she was even pregnant probably.

  • snowboy

    The mother needs to be put away for a long time. Since she didn’t want the baby, she should at least have the decency to find out where she could leave it. Sickening!

  • donthidebehindurscreen

    I don’t see how people are ignorant to Safe Place drop off centers. They’ve been speaking of these centers for over 20 years that I know of, besides, where’s the common sense and moral compass. She’s a fool for endangering her child like that, but better that than the savages like Andrea Walker who use the baby as leverage towards the father only to kill her months later and fake a kidnapping. What’s wrong with the hair hats of Memphis?

  • BellRinger

    SMH @ LindaLou… I am black and found your comment to be incredibly ‘ig’nant’
    1st off why must everything turn into a race issue? I don’t see anything in this article that points to the race of the mother! He11 she could be the product of a strict middle eastern upbringing. 2ndly why are you talking down on the wombs of white women when I am sure, with a name like Linda that you are not a 1st 2nd or even 3rd generation African Immigrant. Which, in turn, means that you or 1 of your ancestors are a product of 1 or 2 of those “worthless wombs”! Get your life honey! regroup and come back with a better dispostition next time! K’Bye

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