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Teen charged after baby thrown in dumpster


WINNIPEG — A teenager has been charged after a 19-monthold girl was found in a dumpster in freezing weather, Winnipeg police said Friday.

Officers responded to a call about 6:30 a.m. Thursday and found the partly dressed child in an outdoor recycling bin with life-threatenin­g injuries, police said.

They said the little girl had been outside for several minutes before being discovered. She was transporte­d to a hospital and is now listed in stable condition.

A police spokesman said the incident started when a fight broke out at a house party. “The accused grabbed the infant and ran off,” Const. Eric Hofley said. He said the suspect then tripped, fell on the child and “discarded her in the dumpster” before returning to the home and getting into a fight with a 13-year-old female.

“It was at the time approximat­ely minus 30 C with the wind chill here in Winnipeg, and the child only had on a diaper and pants,” Hofley said.

It was “just by the grace of good fortune” that a male who had been chased off from the party heard the baby crying and called police, he said. The baby, the 13-year-old girl and the accused are related, police said.

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