'Shocking’: DeKalb custodian recalls finding abandoned newborn in bag

newborn is safe after he was left in a gym bag all day outside a DeKalb County medical clinic.

Chamblee police officers responded to the Family Medical Clinic on Buford Highway just after midnight Thursday after the cleaning staff found the baby. Horace Thomas said he was cleaning the front windows when he heard crying coming from the bag.

“It’s a baby in that bag!” he hollered, before calling 911.

After being cared for by police and emergency workers, the child was rushed to the hospital, where he remained Thursday.

“He’s doing great,” Lt. Jason Waasdrop said, breifing reporters at the police department. “He took his first bottle this morning.”

After reviewing surveillance video and interviews with witnesses, police believe the bag was at the clinic at least 18 hours. A worker brought the bag inside at one point but didn’t realize there was a child inside because he wasn’t making noise, police said.

The Division of Family and Children Services took custody of the child.

Read more about the people who found and cared for the baby, along with the possible charges the baby's mother or person who left him at the clinic could face on myAJC.com.

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