CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Typically when Rachel White's dog, Phil, sniffs through trash she doesn't pay any attention. But this time her dog was on to something. As they walked home in their neighborhood, he sniffed a bag she later found out from her neighbors contained a newborn baby girl.
"They walked back to investigate the bag," said White. "And that's when she looked in and saw the baby and just yelled, 'It's a baby!'"
The abandoned baby was wrapped in towels and fabric and still had the umbilical cord attached. In efforts to save the newborn's life, neighbors acted quickly to find food and a place to keep her out the cold.
"We're just kind of scrambling around, wrapping her up," said White. "My friend she was rocking her. She was very good. She didn't cry or anything but she certainly was hungry."
Police are trying to find the baby's mother, canvassing the neighborhood looking for information. Neighbors are shocked that someone would leave a baby as trash to fend for itself.
"That was wrong," said neighbor Savannah Godsey. "I don't know why anybody would do that. It's a human being just like anybody else."
"The baby's being taken care of," added White. "She's not cold or spending another night in a paper bag."
Neighbors are just glad they were able to find the newborn in time and save her life.
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