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Newborn Found In Dresser Drawer In Montclare Alley, Authorities Say

The baby boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition, police said. 

A Chicago Fire Department ambulance.
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MONTCLARE — A baby boy was found inside a dresser drawer in a West Side alley Tuesday morning, according to police. 

The baby was found about 8:13 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Oak Park Avenue and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition, police said. 

A woman driving through the alley had stopped to look at the dresser, discovered the baby and called 911, according to NBC5

“The child was in a drawer. That’s what came over the air,” Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. “There were no signs of injuries or trauma.”

A garbage truck was scheduled to pick up trash in the alley Tuesday, according to NBC.

It was unclear how long the baby had been abandoned. The temperature in the area around that time was about 80 degrees, with a heat index in the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued an extreme heat advisory for Tuesday afternoon, prompting the city to open its cooling centers.

“Had the day worn on, the child would have been in more danger,” Langford said.

Illinois’ Safe Haven Law says unharmed newborns up to 30 days old can be given to personnel at hospitals, emergency care facilities, and staffed fire and police stations. Parents who drop off newborns can remain anonymous and avoid civil or criminal charges.

Officers from the 25th District will be out in the neighborhood Wednesday handing out flyers about the Safe Haven Law.

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