14/10/2014 13:14 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Couple Who Rescued Baby Abandoned In Bin To Adopt Her


A couple want to adopt a newborn baby girl whose life they saved after she was abandoned by her 13-year-old mother.

The newborn was brought back to life by Jimmy and Annette Alvarez after she was found in a dumpster outside their apartment building in Merced, California, last week.

Jimmy wrapped the baby's lifeless body in his T-shirt and his wife warmed her up with her hands.

To their relief, the child then took a deep breath and came back to life.

Police have since identified the baby's mother as a 13-year-old girl.

Jimmy and Annette, former foster parents who have 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, now plan to become parents again after filing papers to adopt the little girl they've named Milagro - Spanish for 'miracle'.

Jimmy told the Merced Sun-Star about the moment he found baby Milagro – which came after they heard the screams of a man called Jorge Miranda who had been looking through the rubbish bin for cans and bottles, only to come across the hours-old baby lying under discarded pizza boxes and plastic bin bags.

Jimmy and Annette ran to the trash area, where they found a confused Jorge with the baby.

Jimmy said: "He was shocked, he was scared. The baby was lying in the corner of the dumpster, half naked, the umbilical cord hanging."

Jimmy wrapped the child in his shirt and his wife then held the baby until police arrived.

He said: "It was a miracle she was there; it was a miracle she was found. I'm just grateful it wasn't dumpster day."

The 13-year-old mother has admitted abandoning the baby and had received medical treatment. She is in the care of the local authority.