Napa Bridge Baby "Will Know He's Loved"

Community rallies around boy born under bridge

By Jessica Greene
|  Saturday, Apr 17, 2010  |  Updated 11:36 AM PDT
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Napa Fire Dept. Capt. Conad Perez said the newborn boy was warm, pink and breathing when paramedics arrived to take him to safety.

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The people of Napa are working to make sure that the baby born under a bridge there has a brigher future. Firefighters say it was dirty and cold under the Soscol Bridge when the baby was born to his homeless mother Monday.

Another homeless person under the bridge notified a passerby about what was happening and paramedics were called. Even among the trash and unsanitary conditions, the baby appeared to be healthy when help arrived. Napa Fire Dept. Capt. Conrad Perez said the newborn boy was warm, pink and breathing when paramedics took him to safety.

The mother, identified as April Johnson, was also OK following the birth. She had wrapped her newborn son and was trying to care for him but disappeared once they were at the hospital. She has not yet tcome forward.

Now, the community is stepping forward to raise money for the newborn. They want him to know he's not alone.

"We're responsible for raising children in this world," Shari Erickson of Foster Kids Fund said, "I think this baby will know he's loved, cared for and we care."

Foster Kids Fund is spearheading a donation drive. The organization stepped in to help collect donations because the fire department was so overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the community.

Napa County Child Welfare Services says in situations like this, every effort is made to reunite the baby with its mother before putting the child up for adoption.
  

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