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Newborn baby found alive in California dumpster during triple-digit heat wave


Two men found a newborn baby in a dumpster outside their apartment. (Handout / Stockton Police Department)

A Good Samaritan rescued a newborn baby after he had been left in a dumpster outside an apartment building in Stockton, California, police said.

Troy Cooper and John Pedebone, the apartment manager, found the baby wrapped in plastic around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, when temperatures were already soaring toward a record-tying 105 degrees.

“Instinct as a dad, I just need to try to do anything that I could to try help out the baby,” Pedebone told Fox 40.

The men called police, who found the newborn alive and took him to a local hospital. He has been taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Investigators tracked down the baby’s 15-year-old mother, who was “near the scene,” and took her to the hospital for treatment as well. She will be cited for felony child abuse and endangerment and will be released to her parents after leaving the hospital, Stockton police said.