16-year-old girl is mother of baby found in alley, Chicago police confirm

CHICAGO -- Chicago police have confirmed a 16-year-old girl is the mother of a newborn found abandoned in an alley on the Northwest Side.

A woman and her daughter discovered the baby boy Tuesday night in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood. He was on top of a garbage bag, inside a shopping bag with his umbilical cord was still attached. The cord was not clamped, so he was bleeding. They brought the baby to a fire station, and a fire department spokesman said the baby was “blue, unresponsive, no pulse.” Firefighters shocked the baby back to life, and then he was transported to a hospital. The baby was initially in critical condition, but is now stabilized at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Police began questioning the 16-year-old girl Wednesday night, and she is described as emotionally traumatized. The baby's father is also being questioned. The young parents have apparently indicated a misinterpretation of the Safe Haven Law, which Dawn Geras lobbied for 20 years ago.

"The law is pretty clear. You hand your baby over to someone at a hospital, police or fire station. They didn't hand the baby over, they left the baby basically in a garbage can like trash. That's what happens when a baby is illegally abandoned," Geras told WGN.

Police are conferring with the state's attorney to determine what, if any, charges are appropriate.

According to a proponent of the Safe Haven Law, this is the first known case of illegal abandonment so far this year.

DCFS is expected to eventually take protective custody of the baby boy.

Since the discovery of the abandoned baby, the family of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui said they believed the newborn could be her child. Her family says she was nine months pregnant when she went missing.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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