A newborn girl in Florida has been found alive inside a trash bin, according to multiple reports.
Spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the baby girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was expected to survive.
“She’s alive, which is great,” Nick Silverio, founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We just want to make sure everybody knows this doesn’t ever, ever have to happen.”
Under Florida law, unwanted newborns can be dropped off anonymously at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked.
The child is then placed up for adoption.
“It’s horrifying that somebody would do something like that. That would be my grandchild. I don’t know what possesses people to do anything like that. That’s horrible,” Paula Scorpio, who lives nearby, told WSVN. “I can’t imagine a woman being that desperate. I would think, bring the baby to a church.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.