Abandoned Baby's Mother Sought

Omaha police still are searching for the mother of a baby abandoned behind a dumpster Saturday morning.

A woman found the baby after hearing its cries coming from the area near 66th and Fowler.

She called 911. The baby was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is in good condition.

Neighbors and police still have many questions.

"She was over there. She was putting her child in the car seat in the back and that's when she heard the noise and the baby crying and that's what brought her over here," says Louis Ojeda, a friend of the woman who found the baby.

Louis Ojeda gave an account of a telephone call he received just after 7 a.m. Saturday from a friend.

The woman told Ojeda that between a dumpster and a broken television, she found a crying baby boy on the ground.

"I wanted to cry and I don't cry. Why would anyone abandon a poor little baby, a helpless little baby?" says Ojeda.

Police say the newborn is less than 24 hours old and is alive.

Officers say, the African-American baby boy, was wrapped in two shirts and a "Total Rewards" tote bag.

"Total Rewards" is an incentive program offered by Harrah's Casino. Harrah's operates both Harrah's Casino and Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"It appears it's going to be (all right). If there's anything wrong with the baby it doesn't appear to be life-threatening at this time," says Officer Bill Dropinski with the Omaha Police Department.

Sydney Sanders is hoping the baby's mother finds help.

"Whoever the mother is, I pray that she finds it in her heart to come forward, maybe she has a story that really needs to be told but the way it was done, nobody's going to know,” says Sanders.

Neighbors are relieved that the baby is alive but are saddened that the mother in a desperate situation sought help at the site of a dumpster.

Police have very little information about the abandoned baby or his mother.

They're asking anyone with information to call the Omaha police tip line at 444-7867.

You do not have to give your name.

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