A newborn baby was found and rescued from a trash compactor in Everett, Washington.
Everett Police said the baby boy was found on March 25 at the Mirabella Apartments by Jeff Meyers and his girlfriend Paula, KOMO News reported. The newborn was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition. He is expected to survive.
The couple had just returned home when they heard a noise coming from inside a large trash compactor.
"As she took some garbage and was throwing it in there, she said, sounds like a baby's crying in there,” Meyers told KOMO News.
Paula is the maintenance supervisor at the apartment complex. After hearing the baby's cries, she called 911 and continued to search for the baby.
"In a dress, she dove into the garbage compactor and began pulling out bags of garbage, trying to search for this thing," Meyers recalled.
Authorities arrived and Paula still couldn’t find the source of the crying. Officers thought it might have been a doll, but Paula was not convinced and kept looking.
"Finally, I heard the saddest, crying scream from her saying, 'It's a real baby!'" Meyers said. "I mean, thank God Paula didn't hit that button. I mean, had that baby not cried one second before she hit that button, we'd be out here for a much worse story."
Paula came out of the trash compactor with the newborn boy in her arms. The baby was covered in blood and his umbilical cord was still attached.
"Someone had the baby and just discarded it into the garbage," Meyers said. "It's the saddest and sickest thing I've seen in my entire life."
It’s not clear at this time how the baby got into the trash compactor. Police are currently investigating.
Safe Haven laws in Washington allow for babies to be dropped off in emergency rooms or fire stations with no questions asked. A fire station was located less than half a mile away from where the baby was found.
"If someone finds themselves in a situation where they just don't know what to do with their baby and the just want to drop it off, a fire station is a safe place to do that," Everett Fire Department Assistant Chief Rick Robinson said.