- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Police in west-central Illinois’ Jacksonville says a 17-year-old girl is charged with child abandonment in connection with the discovery of a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin.

Police say the girl was arrested Thursday night, five says after the baby boy was found unclothed by an employee who heard a noise coming from the receptacle while taking out garbage.

Investigators believe the child had been born less than 12 hours earlier.

Police did not publicly identify the girl who has been charged, citing her age.

Authorities said it was fortunate the baby was found early in the morning before temperatures inside the bin climbed high enough to cause heat-related injuries.



The child was treated at a hospital and is in the custody of state child-welfare advocates.

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