Authorities say a newborn baby boy who was found in a pile of trash in Jersey City this weekend remains hospitalized in intensive care, but his condition has become stable.
Hudson County prosecutors tell The Jersey Journal that the child was found around 3 p.m. Saturday by three teenage boys who were playing near an apartment building.
When they heard crying and saw movement in the trash, they alerted the building superintendent, Arturo Rivas, who called police while his wife, Rebecca Womers, went to the baby's aid.
"I couldn't believe what I saw," Rivas told the newspaper, noting that only three hours earlier was in the yard with his dog and saw nothing.
While Rivas was on the phone, Womers said she ran out and found the baby covered in blood with its umbilical cord still attached and with its nose and mouth stuffed with tissue paper. She then cleaned and cared for the baby until emergency crews arrived.
"I'm a mother and I said I have to get that stuff off the baby," Womers told the newspaper.
The child was breathing on his own when he was taken to a hospital, where he's being cared for in a neonatal intensive care unit. Authorities haven't said how long the child may have been outside.
The search for the baby's mother was ongoing late Sunday.