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Baby found abandoned in Wheaton

June 12, 2009 6:28:16 PM PDT
A newborn baby boy was found abandoned in the back yard of an apartment building.The baby was discovered by neighbors after their dog starting barking when they let it out on Friday morning.

The neighbor is talking about the surprising discovery.

It happened in the 800-block of East Michigan in west suburban Wheaton.

"I heard a little whimper, a tiny whimper," said Joe Logan, who found the baby.

Joe Logan was just steps from his front door, out walking his dog Red when they both heard a faint cry coming from the bushes.

"She heard it at the same time and immediately jumped into the corner and I knew something back there. I had no idea what it was. When I looked, I knew immediately," said Logan.

The memory, still causes Logan's voice to break. Sources say there are signs the mother gave birth behind this garage and left her newborn baby just steps away.

"He looked like a newborn, he was very dirty, tons of dirt, twigs and leaves around him. It was just overwhelming," said Logan.

"Seventeen years here and I believe this is first for us but these things do happen in our society, unfortunately," said Deputy Chief Tom Meloni/Wheaton Police Department.

"It doesn't have to happen," said Dawn Geras, Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.

Dawn Geras successfully lobbied for a law that gives overwhelmed expectant mothers an option to, no questions asked, hand an unharmed baby over to a person at a hospital, police or fire station.

"I think people don't take advantage of the law because they don't know about it," said Geras.


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