Sometimes the worst things happen not because of malice, but because of fear. We may never truly know why a 13-year-old thought that putting her newborn baby girl in a dumpster was the best option for her or her child. Perhaps she was scared of being kicked out of her home, or how the baby may affect her future. Rather than ask endless questions about why it happened, we can instead focus on something better — the miracle that lead to this baby being saved.
It was the wee morning hours of a Thursday in October, 2014 when a man was searching through a dumpster in Sacramento. During his search the man screamed and ran away. Annette and Jimmy Alvarez who lived in a nearby apartment complex heard the scream, called 911, and rushed over. What they found absolutely astonished them.
Inside the dumpster, among the old food, flies, and other trash was a newborn baby girl. The poor little girl was covered in trash, flies and gnats. It appeared she had been there for several hours at least.
Jimmy Alvarez immediately pulled the baby girl out of the dumpster. Jimmy told Merced Sunstar about the emotional scene.
Just staring down at the dumpster, I broke down. Just seeing a baby in the condition she was in; her being so innocent. She didn’t ask to come into the world, someone brought her
After he pulled her out, he immediately wrapped her in his t-shirt for warmth. Annette Alvarez also began to help revive the baby who seemed to be unconscious.
She was cold and she wasn’t really moving