STOCKTON, Calif. — The newborn boy rescued from a dumpster in Stockton on Tuesday is “doing fine” at the hospital, police said.

The baby weighed in at 6 pounds 7 ounces and was measured to be 20 inches long. The boy was found wrapped in a plastic bag inside a dumpster at an apartment complex along the 5900 block of Village Green Drive. When the baby was found around noon, the temperature was approaching 100 degrees.

The baby still had his umbilical cord and was taken to a hospital, where he was doing well Wednesday, Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Joseph Silva said.

John Pedebone and Troy Cooper are credited by police with rescuing the baby after hearing cries coming from the dumpster. 

Investigators say they found the baby’s mother near the scene. So far, she has only been identified as a 15-year-old girl. According to police, the teen was taken to the hospital for undisclosed treatment. She will be cited for felony child abuse and neglect then released back to her parents, police said.

It is unclear how long the baby was inside the dumpster before he was found.


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