“If they had put that baby at my door, I would have taken care of it,” says a resident of the Meernhof in Amsterdam Southeast, where a baby was found in a container. Everyone in the neighborhood is shaken. “You have to be really ready to do something like that.”
Around 10:40 PM Sunday evening, the police received a report from someone hearing sounds, presumably crying, from a container at the Meernhof. After emergency services removed several trash bags from the trash container, officers did indeed hear a baby cry.
The officers were unable to free the child themselves and had to call in the help of the fire brigade. He eventually managed to get the baby, who was in a large yellow shopping bag from Jumbo, out of the container. The girl was immediately taken to hospital. It is not clear how long the baby has been there.
Police conducted an investigation all day Monday into the “discarded baby girl,” as one witness describes the drama. Not only the container from which baby crying was heard on Sunday evening was taken for examination, but also the containers a little further away.
“I have a seven-month-old baby myself and read it on my phone this morning. I said to my wife: ‘who does such a thing? Then you must be very sick ‘. And now I am wrong myself. It makes me sick ”, testifies one of the workers who have to load the container.
Jumbo shopping bag
The police announced in a press release on Monday morning that the fire brigade removed various garbage bags from the container and indeed found a newborn child in a large yellow Jumbo shopper. Officers packed the child with coats, after which it was immediately taken to the hospital by ambulance.
She feels that the neighbor cannot reach it. She hopes that the mother will be found. “Because this woman is probably not doing well. Nobody thinks up such a thing in advance. So you can only imagine that her condition is not good. She probably hasn’t seen a way out. And in that case she needs help. ”
The baby has since been taken care of and is doing well given the circumstances. How long the girl had been in the dumpster when she was found is not yet clear.
The Dutch Child Care and Protection Board has applied for provisional guardianship for three months with a custody measure, so that parental authority has been arranged. Youth protection arranges a place to stay for the child. According to the spokesperson, it is first important to find out who the mother is and that she gets the help she needs.
In the past ten years, a child has been abandoned in the Netherlands about once a year, according to the figures of the Child Protection.
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