Baby left in Oakland trash bin pronounced dead
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, May 24, 2008
(05-23) 15:14 PDT OAKLAND -- An infant boy found in a trash bin in downtown Oakland today was declared dead at a hospital, police said.
The baby was found in the trash about 7:40 a.m. outside 680 14th St., police said. The infant was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital Oakland.
The baby's mother has been taken to a local hospital. No arrests have been made. Investigators were uncertain whether the baby was born live or stillborn.
California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which went into effect in January 2001, allows people to leave unwanted newborns 3 days old or younger at hospitals and fire stations.
Health officials have adopted the slogan, "No shame, no blame, no names," for the program in California, which is among 47 states with "safe haven" laws.
A total of 220 newborns were safely surrendered in California from 2001 to 2007, while another 147 infants were found alive after being illegally abandoned, authorities said.