LAWRENCE, Kansas– Cindy Quick, who lives at the Country Club Apartments, discovered an infant abandoned inside of a trash compactor Thursday morning.
She heard the baby’s cries from under several large black bags of garbage.
“She had bug bites. She was crying. I mean, she was hysterical. She had red hair, her ears were pierced,” Quick said.
Jerrad Jury, who also lives in the complex, says he heard Quick’s cries for help and came to her assistance.
“She felt relief, the baby did,” Jury said. “Just having somebody there.”
Because of visible head injuries, the man immediately took her to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
“She had dried blood on her nose and she had a pretty good bump on her head,” he said.
The baby girl was last reported to be in serious condition at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
“Lawrence police detectives have contacted the family and they are actively investigating the case. Due to the sensitive and serious nature of this case, we will not be providing any further information at this time,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads, of Lawrence Police, said.
Neighbors have their own theories.
“The mom and the dad were arguing, which seems to be an everyday kind of event with them,” apartment complex resident Sara Dooley said.
Another neighbor, who knows the infant’s parents, stood by his own children trying to reason with what happened.
“I feel really bad. I’m just glad that they got found the baby, and it is still alive to get the baby to a hospital to have a chance,” he said.
Police have contacted the child’s family but refused to say if they were suspects.
Child advocates want to remind the community that there are always safe alternatives to abandoning a child.
“Anybody who finds themselves in a desperate situation, there is an alternative to abandoning a baby. No one ever has to abandon an infant. They can take the baby to a Safe Haven location,” said Anne Biswell, communications coordinator for Mother and Child Health Coalition.
In Kansas, those locations include hospitals, police or fire stations and city and county health departments.
In additions to those locations in Oklahoma, you can also bring a child to a welfare agency.
Those locations are Safe Havens when staff are present.