Newborn baby abandoned near dumpster heads to foster care

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by Shern-min Chow / KHOU 11 News & Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 10:55 PM

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HOUSTON -- His name is Aiden, and during his short time on this earth he’s defied more odds than some people do in a lifetime.

“God was really looking out for him. Anything could have happened to him while he was out there all by himself in the heat,” said Kirby Gibbs, his case worker at CPS

It was Saturday, June 29, one of the hottest days of the year. A resident at the Park Center apartment complex on Beamer was taking out his trash when he found Aiden abandoned on the ground between a dumpster and a fence with his umbilical cord still attached.

So far, CPS hasn’t been able to identify his parents.

“It’s just sad for anybody to not be able to value this little baby’s life enough or care enough to bring him somewhere he would be safe,” Gibbs said.

It didn’t have to be that way, because of what’s known in Texas as the Baby Moses law.

“That allows parents the opportunity to surrender the newborn safely to a fire station, ambulance station or hospital without facing any prosecution,” said CPS spokesperson Estella Olguin.

Now, after spending five weeks at Texas Children’s Hospital, little Aiden is going into foster care.

“I look at him, and I see that strength and resilience, and I know that God has a plan for him, and that he’s going to be loved and taken care of, and he’s going to grow up to be someone very special,” Gibbs said.

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