Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Finds Newborn in Apartment Trash He Thought Cry Was Kitten; Baby in Hospital

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man Finds Newborn in Apartment Trash He Thought Cry Was Kitten; Baby in Hospital

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Carlton Harrison thought it was a kitten rummaging through a trash bin behind his apartment Wednesday morning.

"The little cry it was making was so soft, I just thought it was a kitten," Harrison said. "But then I heard a louder cry and realized, `My God, it's a baby.' "

Harrison moved some refuse aside and found a nude infant, a white male less than two hours old, with part of the umbilical cord still attached. The baby was lying in the trash bin in the east alley of the 3500 block of Grace Avenue, near the Potomac Street intersection. The infant was in critical but stable condition at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, suffering from hypothermia. Harrison, 28, said he went to the trash bin directly behind his apartment about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to throw out some old furniture because some new pieces were to be delivered. "I was shocked. I mean it's a pretty sick thing to do," Harrison said. Trash usually is picked up Thursday mornings. Capt. David Heath, the city homicide commander, said no arrests have been made but several neighbors have been interviewed by police. He added that none of them is a suspect. Police told neighbors that they would check a security camera operated by the White Castle at Grand and Gravois avenues, Harrison said. The camera is aimed to cover the alley, which runs from Gravois to Potomac behind the restaurant. Heath confirmed that police were viewing videotape. Paul Grisham, who lives next door to Harrison, went with officers to police headquarters. Grisham said he could not recognize any of the women in photos from police files. "This was all kind of a shock. I've never seen stuff like that down here," Grisham said. He and Harrison concurred that the neighborhood is quiet. The last case of this nature in the area was on July 19 in the Lemay area of south St. Louis County. …

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