Woman collecting donated baby items for infant found in dumpster

We first brought you the story last week. A baby was found inside a dumpster by a mechanic on Thursday, who called 911. McCracken County detectives are not saying whether the infant is still in the hospital for the baby's safety.

So far, charges haven't been filed against the 15-year-old mother. Investigators say a 17-year-old boy is responsible for dumping the baby. He faces charges of attempted murder, first degree criminal abuse and tampering with physical evidence.

Items like bottles, baby lotion, and baby wash are more than familiar to mother of four Heather Baumgart.

"I was a young mother myself, and if someone hadn't reached out to me I wouldn't be where I'm at today," Baumgart said.

That's why she's decided to donate the items to the future guardians of the baby abandoned in a dumpster.

"It was a personal story to me, and I thought we could get the community together to help this baby out too," Baumgart said.

Baumgart has planned a collection, asking anyone who wants to help to make donations to the infant. She's collecting bottles, blankets, diapers, baby lotion, and anything an infant could need.

"When she contacted me the other day it was heartbreaking," volunteer Februlina Manz said.

On Monday Baumgart and Manz unloaded a car full of donations at the Protection and Permanency Department in Paducah. That's where everything collected is being taken.

"Anything I can do to help, especially with a young child. I'm first in line to do that," Manz said.

Baumgart and Manz hope this small act can change turn around a life.

"I just hope this baby can get a fresh start," Baumgart said.
If you're interested in helping, you can contact Baumgart directly by calling 316-573-8311, or head to the Protection and Permanency Office in Paducah. A donation box is set up there. The address is 206 North 8th St. in Paducah. The phone number is 270-575-7110.

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