City and housing authority police conducted a door-to-door canvass today of an East Baltimore high-rise apartment building, searching for the mother who dumped a newborn
infant into a trash chute last night.
The baby was rescued by a city firefighter and a Southeastern District police officer.
The boy was reported in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit.
The Fire and Police departments were alerted to the problem about 10 p.m. yesterday after a tenant heard the infant's cries.
Sgt. Robert Gillispie of the Southeastern District said an unidentified paramedic from Medic 1 and Officer John Wollen were joined by other firefighters and officers who used shovels, metal rods and their hands to tear through the clogged trash.
Sergeant Gillispie said the infant was stuck in the chute between the first and second floors of the Lafayette Courts complex, 200 Aisquith St.
"The firefighter climbed inside and found the baby in a plastic trash bag," the sergeant said.
With his umbilical cord still attached, the baby was taken by ambulance to Hopkins.
Doctors there treated the infant for a minor cut to the head.
A spokesman for the city Housing Authority said four officers from the agency's police force and city police officers were interviewing residents in an attempt to find the baby's mother.