LAS VEGAS - Shock and outrage spread through a valley apartment complex where a newborn baby girl was found dead in a dumpster.
Police still don't know who left the child
there. The disturbing discovery was made Saturday night at the Bella
Estates Apartment Homes near Nellis Boulevard and Desert Inn Road.
Bella Estates resident Barbara Anderson doesn't know the name or age of the baby, but she feels a mother's pain.
"I raised four kids of my own. I had my first
one at 18. I know it's hard to raise them. I know it's hard sometimes,"
she said. "You don't throw people away. They're precious. They're God's
gift. How can you do that?"
News of what happened in the dumpster spread throughout the apartment complex.
"Someone didn't do that to you. You can't do that to yours," resident Phillip Rogers said.
Many expressed sadness, shock, and downright disgust.
"That's pretty sick. My girl is five months pregnant. I'm about to have a baby," said resident Chris Castillo.
Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue
says when a parent doesn't want his or her child, Nevada's Safe Haven
law offers a way out.
"Any police station, any fire station, any
hospital is a safe haven for children,' he said. "The infant doesn't
have any choices at this time. You should make the right choice for
Parents can give up their baby without consequences if the child is younger than 30 days.
"We'll meet them there, ask just a few medical
questions and make sure that baby is taken care of. That person can go
about their way," Szymanski said.
The law doesn't protect parents who leave their child unattended.
Each time she walks by the dumpster at Bella
Estates, Anderson says she'll think of the innocent life lost and a
destiny determined by a parent's careless decision.
"How would they feel if they were to die, and everybody just threw them in the garbage and didn't care?" she said.
Metro spent hours Saturday night looking for clues in this homicide investigation. So far, they have not arrested any suspects.
The coroner's office will determine the cause of the baby's death.
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