Newborn found inside dresser in Northwest Side alley right before trash pickup


CHICAGO — A woman found a newborn baby boy inside a dresser in a Northwest Side alley.

The woman found the child inside the piece of furniture on the 2300 block of Oak Park Avenue in Montclare around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. She was looking for recyclable materials near the trash cans when she found the baby inside the dresser drawers.

The woman held onto the child until paramedics arrived. Tuesday was trash pickup day for the area.

Chicago police said the baby was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital. The baby’s condition is unknown.

“Thank God that the baby was still alive breathing, healthy,” neighbor Carlos Bracero said. “That’s good news.”

Candi Pittner praised the alertness of the woman looking at the dresser when the fortunate discovery was made.  

“Good thing that she was looking at the dresser,” Pittner said. “She was interested in the knobs of the dresser.”

For few brief minutes, the good Samaritan, who did not wish to have her identity revealed, held the newborn as paramedics arrived. 

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“That is very good news that the baby is in good condition,” Pittner said.

A baby was found inside a dresser on the West Side. (Captured News)

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