Published in the Chicago Daily Tribune
September 12, 1956

A 1-hour-old infant was found abandoned in a garbage can by a ragpicker (a person who salvaged materials such as scraps of clothing and broken glass, and was a regulated occupation similar to street sweepers). Though she was suffering from exposure, she was able to be classified in good condition.

Additional research could not provide me with a name for the baby nor her ultimate fate, but I did find numerous articles of newborns being abandoned in garbage cans during the 50s and 60s. Thankfully there are now Safe-haven laws (called Baby Moses laws in some states) which allows unharmed infants to be surrendered to designated areas including hospitals and fire departments, keeping the instances of infants abandoned and left to die to lower, though unfortunately not altogether erased, numbers.

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