EVERETT, Wash. - Police say a newborn was found alive in a dumpster in Everett Friday night.


Everett police said that at 8:20 p.m. Friday someone passing by called 911 to report hearing crying coming from a dumpster on the 800 block of 112th Street Southeast.

Jeff Meyers said his girlfriend Paula made the discovery when she went to drop off some garbage. When she pushed the button to compact the trash, she heard what sounded like a baby crying.


"Paula immediately jumped into action. She calls 911, says it might be a baby, it might be a toy, we're not really sure, and starts digging through the garbage. And she's in a dress," said Meyers. "The police arrive and say it sounds like a toy. Paula jumps back in the trash compactor, pulls off what must have been two feet of garbage, about 20 garbage bags, and discovers this brand new newborn child."

Police called medics, who put the baby boy into a blanket and rushed off to the hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 425-257-8450.

Washington's Safe Haven law allows a parent to leave their unharmed newborn with an employee at any hospital or staffed fire station within 72 hours of birth without fear of prosecution.