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Newborn found alive in Fullerton gas station dumpster

A newborn was found abandoned in a Fullerton gas station bathroom Thursday and rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

First responders on the scene were Fullerton police officers who arrived at the gas station in the 900 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue.

Officers immediately began taking “life-saving measures,” according to a Fullerton police news release. Fullerton Fire Department emergency personnel transported the newborn to the hospital for additional medical care. The baby was in critical but stable condition Thursday night.

Fullerton detectives are investigating. Those involved in the abandonment of the baby could face charges.

KCAL-TV reported from the scene that the baby, a boy, was initially found by a gas station attendant and had been abandoned within an hour of birth.

Under state law, a parent or person with legal custody can safely surrender a baby within 72 hours of birth, no questions asked. But there are some rules. The baby must be taken to a public or private hospital, designated fire station, or other safe drop-off location designated by the county Board of Supervisors.

Anyone with information is welcome to contact Fullerton Police Detective. Marcus Saenz at (714) 738-5361. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227.