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Newborn found in suitcase in Hamburg

The Local · 5 Jan 2011, 10:06

Published: 05 Jan 2011 10:06 GMT+01:00

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Just a few days old, the healthy baby girl was discovered outside the city’s CCH convention centre near the Dammtor station around 7:30 pm on Tuesday.

Daily Bild reported “a well-dressed man” told CCH doorman Naji Habib: “There’s a suitcase outside, please take care of it.” After Habib had a member of the security staff bring it inside, he heard noises but didn’t think it was coming from the piece of luggage.

“Half an hour later I heard crying again and I opened the suitcase with a colleague,” he told the paper. “There was a pretty little girl, dressed in a romper suit, cap and in a baby sleeping bag.”

The baby was taken to a clinic and pronounced in good health.

The police said the infant had not been delivered in a professional setting owing to how the umbilical cord had been cut.

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11:17 January 5, 2011 by tallady
Well at least she wan't thrown out the window. Many hospitals have a drop place where a person can leave the unwanted child,maybe such a place did not exist there.. I would like to think the parent(S) were near by and watching....
12:32 January 5, 2011 by Gretl
Thank the Gods she was OK. Obviously, her family cared enough about her to dress her for the weather, but there has got to be a better way! I know infants are in high demand for adoption in the US.
12:33 January 5, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
These kind of stories make me so angry... if someone doesn't want to have a child, then why don't they practice safe sex rather than allowing the kid into the world then abandoning it..?
16:06 January 5, 2011 by frankfurt-lawyer
Indeed, what if the staff at the conference center had just put it into a lost-and-found-room. Stuff gets lost in those places all the time but given that it was 7:30pm, chances are nobody had even entered the room before the next day. Given that there are no major conferences at CCH in the coming days, it also might have taken some time for anybody to remember the suitcase in the corner or the abandoned suitcase could have looked even more suspicious which could have led to it being blown up by a bomb squad.
02:15 January 6, 2011 by fryintl
Wow, Rimini, are you female with a problem against men? How did we go from the baby to incestuous men, abusive men and the likes. It takes all kinds for the world to advance, or regress. There are so many unanswered questions with this story at the moment that it is hard to comment more than the tears in my eyes for this young child are flowing. I have a child, a son and could never think of doing anthing to rid him from my life. Then there are others that do it for noble reasons, they can't afford the child (why have it then? I agree witht he comments above). I had three marriages over 30 years, and only one child, with the woman I am now with for almost 20 years.

People are not thinkers. They have no shame anymore because nothing is their fault. It is all the bad society. No individula consequences for doing soemthing so bad. No shame for unmarried pregnancies, and everything anyone wants to do is ok.

One thing is sure, that the mother of this lucky and blessed child, will be wondering what ever happened. I think some News paper should do periodic features on the welfare of the child, annonymously of course, and show what can happen when the right things happen. Of course, it might be hard for a child to adapt under this type of reporting, so I guess that isnt a good idea.

SOciety breaking down and like always, it is the children who suffer, grow up disadvantaged and angry then more societal repercussions. It is an unending cycle when there are no moral guidelines to live by. BUt, allah will make everything better so we should all give in, wear burkas and give up freedom
11:07 January 7, 2011 by tallady
The well dressed man that told the people they should look after the suitcase ,may not be the person dumping the child..People are very conscious of bags,suitcases ect .being left unattended these days.

Thankfully this is not a common occurrence,but it does happen all to often. I have known of teenagers successfully hiding their pregnancy ,even from their parents ,and doing a similar thing or worse..Anyone that has taught in an American school for a period of time would have heard or known of at least one incident.
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