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A baby was found seriously injured in a San Diego trash can.

Police are investigating after the 5-month-old baby was discovered in a garbage can near Jamacha Road in the Skyline neighborhood on Dec. 27, according to KGTV. The baby boy is still alive, but it's unclear what condition he is in.

The 5-month-old was reportedly found by his 9-year-old brother, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The baby had bumped his head and become caught in the trash can's liner.

The baby was "nearly suffocated," reports KNSD.

The baby was transported to Rady's Children's Hospital. Detectives were reported to be speaking with the infant's parents, but have not named a suspect yet. The parents are reported to be cooperating with police.

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Officer Tony Martinez said it's unclear whether the situation had resulted from criminal negligence or an accident. Child abuse unit detectives are investigating the case.

Neighbor Lori Ramos recalled running outside when she heard her neighbor screaming, discovering that there had been a "tragic accident."

Ramos said that the baby's grandmother had put the child down for a nap when he fell off the bed, into the trash can. Ramos consoled the grandmother as paramedics placed the infant into an ambulance.

"They drive away saying that he is unresponsive," recalled Ramos. "You just gotta hold your breath and say a prayer."

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In October, a newborn baby girl was discovered in a dumpster in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The baby's mother was arrested and charged wtih abandoning a child.

Althea Johnson, 27, is alleged to have left the newborn in the dumpster in 51-degree weather.

A man who was dumpster diving reported that he heard crying and discovered the baby. The placenta was reportedly still attached to the newborn.

After a 911 call, emergency responders found the baby girl in serious condition, and rushed her to Dell Children's Medical Center to receive treatment.

A trail of blood from the dumpster to to the sidewalk, which led to one of the apartments in the area, led investigators to Johnson.

Johnson first told investigators that she hadn't been pregnant since November 2016, but later admitted that the baby found in the dumpster had been hers, first saying she put the child in the bushes, and then admitting she had placed her in the dumpster.

"Althea Johnson knew that baby was alive, seeing her eyes open," said the affidavit. "Despite having a working cellphone, Althea Johnson did not call 911 or anyone else."

Neighbor Teresa Reese said that Johnson had approached her about the investigation after the baby was found, according to KXAN.

"No emotion, no anything, and she was like, 'What happened?'" recalled Reese. "And I’m like, I looked straight at her stomach, I don’t know why but I just looked straight at her stomach and I’m like, ‘Someone threw a baby in the dumpster,’ and there was no emotion. Everybody else was hysterical, we’re crying, we feel this, and with her, there was no emotion, whatsoever."

The newborn was released from the hospital and placed with family members. Johnson's other children were also placed with family, police said.

Sources: KGTV, The San Diego Union-Tribune, KNSD, Austin American-Statesman, KXAN / Featured Image: Matthew Paul Argall/Flickr / Embedded Images: Just Some Dust/Flickr, Barnaby Dorfman/Flickr

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