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Jackson Police Department Gives Updates on Newborn Baby Found Alive in Dumpster

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Jackson Police Department reports the newborn baby was found alive in this dumpster near Carver Street just after four yesterday morning.

The baby was found after police received a call from a resident.

The infant was taken to the Jackson-Madison County general hospital and later transferred to another facility for more advanced care.

Jackson police have since found the mother and the chief reports she is also in a hospital.

“Right now, the medical issues that come along with giving birth are being addressed, right now. She’s being treated.”

Chief Thom Corley did not give any information on the mother’s name or age and did not say whether she might face any charges.

Tennessee Safe-haven law allows mothers to surrender their unharmed babies to designated facilities within two weeks of the birth without being prosecuted.

There are Safe-haven facilities throughout the city, and a spokesperson for Jackson police tells 39 News the city expects to install a baby box in April where unwanted infants can be dropped off.

Chief Corley did describe what is being done for the baby found in the dumpster.

“Our investigators are currently working with the Department of Children’s Services, and the district attorney’s office, and this investigation is still ongoing.”

39 News will continue to follow the investigation and bring you any updates on the baby found in the dumpster and his mother.

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