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Mother of Baby Abandoned in Dumpster Is 13 Years Old

The mother of an infant abandoned in a dumpster in Merced, Calif., last week has been identified by police as a 13-year-old girl.

The baby girl, who was found alive last Thursday morning by a man rummaging through the trash bin for recyclables, had been in the dumpster at least 45 minutes before being found, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was reportedly wrapped in a towel with the umbilical cord still attached.

A neighbor, Jimmy Alvarez, heard the man who found the baby calling for help and approached the trash bin, removed the baby and wrapped her in his shirt, according to KOVR-TV in Sacramento.

Police investigators found the teenage girl after receiving tips from the community, the Times reports. While she said she knew she was pregnant, the girl's mother was apparently unaware of the pregnancy.

The teen has since been turned over to Merced County's Child Protective Services, and police are searching for the baby's father. The girl has not been charged with a crime.

Both the girl and the baby are doing well, Merced Police Capt. Tom Trinidad told the Times.

"Everybody feels much relief," he continued. "It could have been much more tragic."

While Trinidad has received emails and calls from people wanting to adopt the baby, the Times reports, he said the teen girl and her parents still have parental rights.

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