Newborn baby found in trash can at Amazon distribution center dies before first responders arrive
Phoenix Police department received reports of a newborn baby found in a trash can at an Amazon distribution center in the city on Wednesday
In a tragic story unfolding in Phoenix, Arizona, a newborn baby was found dead in a trash can inside of a restroom at an Amazon distribution center in the city on Wednesday, January 16.
Details into the incident are still scarce but, according to the Phoenix Police department, they received reports of a newborn baby found in a trash can at the facility, located near 51st Avenue and W. Lower Buckeye Road at around 8:30 pm in the evening.
However, when first responders from the Phoenix Fire Department arrived at the scene, they found the infant was already beyond the point of resuscitation. They declared the child dead a few moments later. The gender of the baby has not been disclosed.
The infant's death could have been easily avoided considering Arizona has a Safe Haven Law which allows unwitting parents to safely hand-off their children until they are up to three days old, no questions asked, ABC reported.
A 'Baby Safe Haven' law is in effect in every state in the country and, while the law details vary from state to state, any parent can hand over the infant without fear of arrest or prosecution as long as the baby has not been harmed or abused.
A statement on the Safe Haven website reads, "You can leave your baby, up to 3 days old, with an on-duty staff member at any hospital, emergency medical service provider, fire station or with any licensed private child welfare agency, licensed adoption agency or any church in Arizona."
The law also has a provision which means the parents don't have to be the ones dropping off the baby. It allows for "any responsible adult" such as a family member, a friend, a priest or minister, or even a social worker to hand the child over. Many hospitals even have special drawers where the parent can leave the babies without having to interact with anyone.
In a statement released by Amazon to AZ Family, the company said it was cooperating with and aiding law enforcement officials in their investigation into the incident. "This is a terribly sad and tragic incident," the statement read. "We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority."
The warehouse where the baby was found continued to remain in operation while detectives combed the scene. The investigation is ongoing with photographs from the scene showing that police had cordoned off the area.