*Thank goodness Paula Andrews went further than an assumption when she heard faint cries coming from a trash compactor. Another woman had heard the muffled sound and thought it was coming from a doll, but Andrews felt something in the pit of her stomach that told her, “something is not right here.”
And it wasn’t.
So she decided to jump into the filthy trash compactor, loaded with garbage bags and such; and started to dig. By the time she reached the discarded infant, covered in blood and still attached to the umbiblical cord, she had thrown aside 20 bags of garbage and a microwave.
“She must have gone through about 2½ feet of garbage — probably about 20 garbage bags — and discovers this brand new, newborn child there,” her boyfriend, Jeff Meyers, told NBC affiliate KING. “She kind of jumped out of the garbage compactor, went to her knees crying and said, ‘I can’t believe it’s a real baby. I can’t believe somebody had done this.’”
Meyers told CBS affiliate KUTV that things could have turned out much differently.
“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,” he said, noting that the child was covered in blood and still had its umbilical cord 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.”
The police came on the scene and took the baby boy out of the dumpster, before rushing him to the hospital; where he remains in stable condition.
“There is no indication when or why the newborn was left in the dumpster,” Officer Aaron Snell, a public information officer with the Everett Police Department, told The Washington Post. “We are still asking the public to help us by providing any information they have.”
When this mother reaches her “Come to Jesus” moment in life, in whatever form that manifests itself, she is going to need a LOT of support.
Watch Paula Andrews describe her discovery in the video report below.