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Baby Left In Dumpster Rescued By Hero Construction Worker

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Bystander Ricky Ramirez photographs the newborn baby boy who was found alive in a dumpster by maintenance worker Carlos Michel on Feb. 25, in Houston. | Courtesy Houston Chronicle

A Texas construction worker was taking out the trash early Tuesday morning when he found a newborn baby in the dumpster.

"I opened a white plastic garbage bag and saw the baby," Carlos Michel, the 51-year-old grandfather who discovered the baby, told Fox affiliate KRIV. "He was cold. Maybe hours old."

Michel had his supervisor call 911 and took the child into a car to warm it up until paramedics arrived, ABC affiliate KTRK reports. The baby’s color and breathing improved quickly, and he is now in good condition at Hermann Hospital near Houston.

A 16-year-old identified by police as the child's mother was admitted to an area hospital after she confessed to abandoning the child in the dumpster, the Houston Chronicle reports. Because the mother is a minor, police aren’t releasing specific details about her. Charges will be determined after she is released from the hospital.

The Houston Chronicle notes the child will be taken into the care of the Child Protective Services.

As local outlets have been noting, Texas law allows for parents to leave a baby at a hospital, police station, fire station or emergency medical services station without facing any criminal charges. The "Baby Moses Law" allows infants up to 60 days old to be given to any employee who works at one of these designated "Safe Havens."

For more images from this story, visit The Houston Chronicle.

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