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Mother arrested after newborn baby found in western Boca Raton dumpster

Posted at 10:18 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 06:23:30-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE: The mother of the baby found in a dumpster in Boca Raton Wednesday was booked into jail Thursday evening, according to multiple sheriff's office deputies.

The suspect, Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, faces charges of attempted felony murder and child abuse. PBSO detectives said Sousa admitted to delivering the baby, placing the infant girl in a bag and throwing her in the dumpster.

Her first court appearance is Friday morning.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says a newborn baby girl found alive in dumpster in suburban Boca Raton on Wednesday was likely born the same day, and her umbilical cord was still attached.

A PBSO spokesperson says the child is 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and is either African-American or Hispanic, and is doing well at only one day old. A lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office says the baby is "cute as a button."

The Department of Children and Families has launched an investigation, and says the child is safe in the agency's care.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, two people were walking in an apartment complex near Boca Entrada Blvd. around 9 a.m. Wednesday, and heard what sounded like a baby crying.

That's when they found a newborn baby girl alive in a dumpster. The child was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.


If you know who abandoned the baby, call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-TIPS.

All Palm Beach County Fire Rescue staffed stations are a "Safe Haven" for newborn locations.

That means a newborn child, from birth to seven days old, can be turned over anonymously to fire rescue personnel at any Palm Beach County Fire Rescue station.

Fire Rescue will transport the child to the nearest hospital for medical care. Since the program’s inception in 2000, 18 newborns have been turned over in Palm Beach County.

For more information about the "Safe Haven" program, CLICK HERE.