APD identifies mother of newborn found in trash

Teresa Reese hasn't slept much since October 25. She was leaving to drop off her daughter early in the morning while it was still dark, when a man standing near a dumpster caught her attention.


“They call him the can man, so I believe he was probably looking for cans. He was like ‘Mam what is the name of the apartment complex?’ I said ‘why?’ He was like, because there's a baby in the dumpster.’ I was like, ‘there's a baby in the dumpster?’” said Reese.


She couldn't believe her eyes.

“I saw the baby's bottom, I saw legs, I saw feet, and I literally lost it,” said Reese.


First responders arrived at the Mira Vista apartment complex to pull the baby out, with her umbilical cord still attached...she was still alive.


The newborn was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center for treatment.


To protect the investigation, police are not releasing the mom's identity.  As of Friday, the baby remains in fair condition. For the ones who found her, it seemed like a miracle the baby survived.


“I've never seen a more beautiful baby. I have kids, and I still haven’t seen a baby that beautiful,” said Reese.


Child Protective Services said they have custody of the infant, and her two siblings, ages seven and eight are under proper care. As of now, police say they have not filed charges against the mother. Reese, who's fighting a brain tumor, thinks the mother should face some consequences.


“For me to be fighting for my life, and for her to throw her precious life away, I was like, there's a reason why we connected. Give someone the opportunity to live. You don't know, you could have just literally thrown away the next first lady,” said Reese.

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