Abandoned newborn's mother sought

September 22, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer

Despite a door-to-door canvass yesterday of every apartment in a Lafayette Courts public housing high-rise, authorities were unable to find the mother of a newborn boy dumped -- alive and inside a plastic garbage bag -- in the building's trash chute.

The infant, with his umbilical cord attached, was rescued Sunday night by police and firefighters after a tenant heard his cries. The bag was found stuck in the chute between the first and second floors of the building at 200 Aisquith St.

Police said the infant was examined and treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a minor head cut and placed in the custody of the Baltimore Department of Social Services.

Public housing spokesman Bill Touhey noted that the building's ground floor has a family development center -- one of three in the city -- where tenants can seek help for their problems.

"Had the woman gone there on Friday and said, 'Help,' the counselors would have been able to put her in touch with all the appropriate social service systems," Mr. Touhey said. "Had she gone there this morning with the child, they would have seen that the child was taken care of."

Now, the mother -- or whoever placed the baby in the trash chute -- could face criminal charges. Mr. Touhey asked that anyone with information about the baby's mother call the Housing Authority Police at 244-1115.

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