A Refuge For Throwaways

The spate of Dumpster babies stirs a movement to provide a safe space for unwanted newborns

The girl couldn't admit the truth to her family now, not after concealing her pregnancy for so long. She could have tossed the wide-eyed, curly-haired boy into Mobile Bay or buried him in the woods at the edge of town. But instead, on a cold Christmas Eve night in Alabama, she stood in the emergency room at Springhill Memorial Hospital, looking around until her eyes locked on supervisor Teri Little. Her voice hollow, she asked, "Is this where I drop my baby off?"

She handed over the boy, wrapped in a blanket, dressed in a blue-yellow-and-pink beanie. But there was no...

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