Authorities seeking family of baby abandoned by dumpster in June

Baby found abandoned by dumpster

August 7, 2013 2:51:37 PM PDT
We're getting our first look at "Baby Aiden" -- the newborn who was abandoned at a dumpster back in June. CPS officials really want to find his family.

His caseworker named him Baby Aiden, which means "little fire." That's what will go on his birth certificate for now. But CPS needs to know more about him, which is why they need your help to track down his relatives.

At 5 and a half weeks old, Baby Aiden is lighting up cameras and melting hearts.

"He's just a joy to have around," said CPS caseworker Kirby Gibbs.

On June 29, Baby Aiden was found abandoned at an apartment complex in the 12300 block of Beamer. A man discovered him wrapped in a T-shirt, between a dumpster and a fence. His umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.

Gibbs said, "Where he was found he was just a mile away from a hospital. So there was no reason for him to be abandoned the way that he was."

The 'Baby Moses' law in Texas allows a mother to safely surrender a newborn at any hospital or fire station with no questions asked.

Baby Aiden has spent weeks in Texas Children's Hospital. He had low blood sugar and problems breathing. Now, at 11 pounds and 21 and a half inches, he appears healthy. But Child Protective Services wants to find his parents or relatives, to flesh out the rest of his medical history.

"It would help the family who's going to care for him should there be any medical complications in the future," explained CPS spokesperson Estella Olguin.

Aiden's future is now in the hands of the foster care system. Unless relatives come forward and want custody, he'll go up for adoption and be placed with a new family.

"The family that we pick is going to be well equipped to take care of Baby Aiden," Gibbs said.

If you know Baby Aiden's parents or relatives, you're asked to call the Texas abuse hotline at 800-252-5400.

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