Newborn found in trash chute

September 21, 1992

A newborn boy was rescued from the trash chute of an East Baltimore public housing high-rise apartment building last night by police officers and firefighters after a tenant heard the infant's cries.

Southeastern District officers and several firefighters used shovels, metal rods and their hands to tear apart the clogged trash chute between the first and second floors of the Two Hundred Aisquith building until one of them reached the crying baby and gently pulled him out, police said.

With his umbilical cord still attached, the baby was rushed by ambulance to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was treated for a minor cut to the head and listed in good condition.

Police said residents of the Aisquith Street building were being questioned in an effort to track down the mother, and find out who put the infant into the trash chute.

Police credited an unidentified tenant who heard the cries from the chute with calling them about 10 p.m. -- before the child suffocated or was fatally injured by debris thrown down the chute.

Had the child not been found, police said, he would have been removed from the chute today by trash collectors and could have ended up in an incinerator.

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