Thursday, December 7, 2023

Wilmington police search for mother of newborn baby ‘left for dead’ in trashcan [Free]

Police have arrested eight individuals in multiple events concluding a 6-month investigation (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)
Wilmington police officers are searching for a mother after her child was found in a garbage can. (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Police Department is searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy found that was “left for dead” in a trash can on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the baby was discovered alive around 5 p.m. by a resident who was out walking on the 3600 block of Fairview Drive, off Carolina Beach Road. Police say the resident heard the baby’s cries coming from a trashcan in a church parking lot and called 911. The baby was found in a trash bag that had been cinched close.

Police emphasized the baby is still alive, and was transported for care by EMS. Later Thursday evening, WPD tweeted that the baby had been seen by doctors and was ‘doing well.’

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the mother is asked to call 910-343-3609 or use to provide tips anonymously.

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