SEVILLE – A newborn baby was found in a garbage container in Seville last Monday. Residents found the girl and sought help. The newborn is in the hospital and appears to be out of danger.
Last Monday, the Guardia Civil informed the Spanish news agency EFE about the discovery of a baby in a green container. A resident of Los Palacios y Villafranca (Seville) must have been surprised when he found a living newborn baby in a garbage container. The girl still had an umbilical cord.
A resident urgently removed the baby from the waste bin and handed it over to medical services. The newborn is currently still in the hospital and appears to be out of danger for the time being.
In the meantime, an investigation has been started. According to El Mundo newspaper, the Civil Guard judicial police took over the investigation in the case as soon as the baby was safe. An attempt is made to locate the mother using pregnancy data or a possible DNA test.
Crying in a container
According to the Guardia Civil, the baby was found because a neighbor heard crying from the container. He then got her out and took her to a nearby medical center. After the first checks, the girl was urgently transferred to the hospital in Seville. She is now there, in a stable condition, for observation.
Andalusian government takes urgent measures
Andalusia’s Department for Equality, Social Policy, and Mediation will take care of the child as a matter of urgency. Sources in the department said that the girl will be placed under guardianship at a child protection center after being discharged from the hospital. However, a shelter address will be sought immediately. The aim is to place the girl in an ’emergency family’ as quickly as possible.
The Junta de Andalucía has a list of reception addresses in all eight Andalusian provinces. Some families are specially chosen to care for babies who need emergency care for various reasons. Initially they are housed for six months. Depending on the decision of the authorities, this period may be extended. The families on the list have indicated in advance which minors they want and can accommodate. If care is required, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis where the child in question is best suited.