Greenville police investigating abandoned newborn

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – On a cold Sunday morning, with temperatures in the low 40s, a newborn was found in a dumpster near an apartment building.

“It’s real insane it’s really heartbreaking to fathom,” resident James Glenn said. “It’s really crazy.”

Greenville Police went to 1574 Bridle Circle around 10:20 a.m. for a welfare check after receiving a call that a child, only one or two days old, was in a dumpster near an apartment building.

Jaylen Parker’s sister had found the baby thrown away in the trash and brought it inside before police arrived.

“I woke up. My sister brought a baby in the house,” Parker said. “I was shocked. And then that’s when I found out what had happened.”

Officers found the child alive. Greenville Fire and Rescue transported the infant to ECU Health for evaluation. Glenn said he couldn’t imagine something like this happening.

“It’s just crazy like I couldn’t believe a mom would do that,” Glenn said.

According to Greenville Police Lieutenant Justin Wooten, this is not the first time they’ve seen a situation like this despite our state having the Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to surrender or give up their infant who is under 7 days of age, without being arrested or put on trial for abandonment.

Greenville Fire/Rescue acts as a safe haven center to prevent something like this from happening.

Detectives are now investigating the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Greenville Police Department (252) 329-4315 or Crime Stoppers (252) 758-7777.