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Police in Texas have released images of a suitcase and other items in hopes that it will lead to the identification of whoever abandoned an hours-old baby inside of it, leaving them to possibly get crushed by a trash compactor.
A baby boy was discovered near a trash compactor by an Arlington apartment complex on Saturday, September 21, after he “was heard crying inside the suitcase,” according to the Arlington Police Department.
The Good Samaritan who heard the crying called police to report the baby inside the zipped-up suitcase, in what police referred to as a “terrible call.”
“She opened the suitcase at which time she saw a beautiful baby boy who is responsive and alive,” Arlington Police Det. Morgan Speer said at a press conference.
The newborn, nicknamed "Baby Jason" by first responders, was found wrapped in a leopard print blanket, Fox4 in Dallas-Fort Worth reports. A red and pink paisley scarf was also found in the suitcase.
“Baby Jason” was brought to a local hospital shortly after his discovery. When he was brought to the hospital, the medical staff determined the boy was just a few hours old and that he had been born at least a month prematurely, Fox4 reports. His oxygen levels were very low and the umbilical cord was still attached.
“We don’t know the medical history of the victim or of the baby,” Speer said, according to the outlet. “And in order for us to make sure that he’s properly cared for, it’s important that we know who the mom is.
Investigators said that if he wasn’t found in time, he may have been crushed by the trash compactor he was left near.
Police have released images that they say “represent the exact suitcase, blanket and scarf” found at the scene, in hopes that someone will recognize them and who they belong to.
The suitcase is inscribed with the words “Chong Ping” and it has a combination lock by the handle.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.
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