Baby left in Kearns trash can 'fighting for her life'

Tuesday , August 26, 2014 - 4:57 PM

The Associated Press

KEARNS — Police say a newborn baby is in extremely critical condition after her mother left her in a neighbor’s trash can in Utah.

Unified police Detective Jared Richardson says a woman heard what she thought was a kitten meowing in the trash bin in the community of Kearns on Tuesday morning and found the baby.

Richardson says the girl was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where she’s now on a ventilator and fighting for her life.

Police say the 24-year-old mother later returned and told officers she’d left the baby about an hour before the child was found. The mother was being questioned by police Tuesday afternoon.

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Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder, who oversees the Unified Police Department, said authorities believe the baby girl was born Sunday.

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