Boca dumpster baby saved


Sun Sentinel

Carlos Jimenes with his baby sarah

Victoria Loredan

On October 31, Sergio Vega and Yusdani Gonzalez-Delgado were presented the Samaritan Award at the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office’s annual award ceremony because they had saved a baby from a dumpster earlier that year.

Five months back on May 8, a newborn was found at the bottom of a dumpster. Two maintenance workers, Vega and Gonzalez, were working at an apartment complex west of Boca Raton when they heard a sound coming from a nearby dumpster.

They believed that the sound was a cat. When they opened the bin, they found a bloody newborn girl covered with coffee grounds tied in a garbage bag. Thankfully, she was still alive and well.

Deputies soon found out that the baby’s mother, Rafaelle Sousa, was at fault and charged her with two felonies. She confessed to placing the baby in the garbage bin, but she has not pleaded guilty and no trial date has been set.

The baby’s father, Carlos Jimenes Martins, 34, was later awarded full custody of the baby, whom he named Sarah.

“She’s going to be something. She’s going to cure cancer,” Vega said. “If she survived that, there’s a meaning for that.”