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Man faces charges after teenager throws her newborn baby into dumpster

By Mason White 10:44 AM March 2, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A baby was found alive in a dumpster inside a garbage bag.

The teenage mother of Texas, told police that she did not know she was pregnant when she gave birth in the bathtub.

After giving birth, the 16-year-old girl cut the umbilical cord, placed the baby in a dirty garbage bag and placed the bag in a dumpster.The young mother said she thought her baby was dead.

Maintenance worker Carlos Michel, found the baby after hearing noise coming from inside the dumpster. He initially thought it was a cat, but was shocked to find a baby gasping for air.

He called police, who quickly identified the mother by her schoolwork inside the garbage bag. Police identified the mother as a 16 year old of South Houston High School.

She also told police that she had not spoken to the 22-year-old man, who impregnated her, for the past six months. Now, the man is facing charges of statutory rape.

The 16-year-old mother is also facing charges of abandoning a child. A social worker asked the mother if she would like to name the child and it was decided to name him Carlos, after the maintenance worker who saved him.

A judge granted temporary custody of the child to Child Protective Services, during an emergency hearing on Wednesday. However, the mother or a family member might get custody of the child.