The woman administered emergency aid and waited until help arrived. They transferred the boy to the hospital, where he is in good condition.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 12, 2021. It has since been updated.
A woman who came across a set of dresser drawers abandoned on the alleyway on August 10, 2021, decided to take a peek into it because she found the handles on it to be really pretty. In hopes of recycling it, she opened the drawer, only to get a shocking surprise. There, in one of the drawers, was a newborn baby boy, wrapped in a rosary, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
"I put my finger on the little foot, to just to see he was moving," she told NBC Chicago. The good Samaritan —who did not want to be identified— immediately requested aid and waited until help arrived while rendering aid to the baby who had vomit in his mouth.
The incident occurred around 8:13 am in the 2300-block of North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, after which the baby was transported to Lurie Children's Hospital in good condition, police said. The child is assumed to be less than a week old.
Newborn baby found languishing in drawer of abandoned dresser in Chicago alley https://t.co/KfOL2Hkai0— The Independent (@Independent) August 10, 2021
Residents in the area are furious that someone would just leave their baby out like trash. "It's very heartbreaking to hear something like that," said resident Candy Pittner. "I don't get it. I really don't because you have so many other places, you could have dropped it at a hospital...firehouse, church. You could have even rang my doorbell I would have taken the baby and left. Anything but leaving it in that drawer."
"It’s a good thing somebody came by. It’s hot out there, it could’ve ended differently, but it’s all seemingly worked out," Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department told the Chicago Sun-Times.
"Every time I think about the little details, it just makes me mad," the woman who rescued the baby boy said, because temperatures can rise up to the 90s in the afternoons. "So I'm just gonna focus on the miracle that I was there, and that everybody showed up on time."
This could have taken a turn for the worse because officials working with the Department of Streets and Sanitation said there was garbage pick-up in the area on August 10, and any furniture discarded in the alley would have been collected. The boy was rescued a few hours before the truck came.
Now, cops are investigating the issue, hoping to find the person(s) who left the young boy in the chest of drawers. Anyone with information was asked to call Area Five detectives at 312-746-6554.
Cover Image Source: YouTube | FOX 32 Chicago (Baby discovered inside dresser in Chicago alley)