Chicago firefighters find baby left in bag in snow below freezing point, police say

Chicago firefighters found one abandoned baby boy dead in a bag outside their firehouse Saturday, according to authorities.

They had gone outside to shovel snow around noon. 5 and found the bag under it.

Chicago police said early Monday night that detectives were still investigating and that they had not taken any suspects into custody.

According to authorities, Chicago firefighters found an abandoned boy dead in a bag outside their firehouse Saturday.  Stock Photo.

According to authorities, Chicago firefighters found an abandoned boy dead in a bag outside their firehouse Saturday. Stock Photo.

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All 50 states have “Safe Haven” or “Baby Moses” laws that allow parents to abandon their newborn babies in safe, designated locations – usually firehouses, police stations and hospitals. But the laws require the parent to hand over their child to an employee – not just leave them out in the cold.

Forecasts placed Saturday’s high temperatures below freezing – peaking at 27 in Windy City.

“If the baby was placed there alive, that baby froze to death,” Dawn Geras, of the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, told local media. “It’s Chicago. It’s getting cold at night. You can ‘t leave a baby out for the elements.”

After the grim discovery, the city’s fire department sent out a tweet as a reminder of the state’s law on the protection of abandoned newborns.

“Illinois’ Safe Haven Act is a safe way for parents making the difficult choice of abandoning a newborn for adoption,” the Chicago Fire Department tweeted Saturday. “Handing over a newborn to a firefighter or paramedic directly at a firehouse can help facilitate the safest outcome. No questions asked and no rating.”

In Illinois, the baby must be under 30 days old. The age requirements vary from state to state.


The incident comes about a week after a mother in New Mexico threw her newborn son in a container. The incident was captured on surveillance video and three passers-by found the baby alive almost six hours later and called 911.

They found him in a dirty wet towel stuffed inside two plastic bags at the bottom of the trash can. His umbilical cord was still attached and he “whimpered”.

He was taken to a pediatric hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he was in stable condition.


His mother, 18-year-old Alexis Avila, is under house arrest and charged with attempted murder and child abuse.

She has pleaded not guilty.

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