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Abandoned newborn now doing well, foster parents seek to adopt “Baby Carlos”

by | Jul 23, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Baby Carlos was discovered in a dumpster four months ago Photo credit: Ricky Ramirez

Baby Carlos was discovered in a dumpster four months ago.
Photo credit: Ricky Ramirez

A final decision may soon be made in finding a home for Baby Carlos Guzman, abandoned by his mother last February, but whose image “made the hearts of Houstonians melt,” according to local television station KPRC.

Referring to a foster family who wants to adopt him, a case worker was in court last week to tell the judge that Baby Carlos is “in a great place…he couldn’t be in a better place.”

The baby is named after Carlos Michel, a maintenance worker at the Reserve at Windmill Lakes who found the baby February 25 in a dumpster in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

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Michel, a grandfather, told Local 2 news that “he thought he heard a cat in the dumpster and looked inside to check. After seeing something in a garbage bag move, he opened the bag up and found the baby. He held the boy while other workers called 911.”

The New York Daily News provided additional details in its story. “The newborn had been placed upside down in the trash container. The bag that the child was in also contained scraps of food and school homework, which had a student’s name on it.”

Authorities searched the area and found the baby’s 16-year-old mom. According to KPRC-TV, she told a Child Protection Services caseworker she didn’t know she was pregnant and gave birth in a bath. She said she cut the umbilical cord herself and told the CPS caseworker she put him in the dumpster because she thought the baby was dead.

At last week’s hearing, four months after the baby was abandoned, a caseworker told the court that Baby Carlos “loves his foster mom, responds to her voice and interacts well with his siblings,” KRPC-TV reported.

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