Emergency workers who found a baby girl in a toilet bowl thought she was a miscarried fetus and put her in a bag for medical wastes. But an ambulance crew discovered she was alive.
A Burien-area teenager gave birth to the child in the bathroom of her home.
The teenager and her mother declined to comment to The News Tribune of Tacoma, which did not identify the family.
The full-term baby was in critical condition and on life support Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, hospital spokesman Dean Forbes said.
Emergency workers were sent to the home when someone called 911 about 1 a.m. Tuesday and reported a female was ill and might have miscarried.
When a medical crew arrived, the girl was sitting on a toilet, said Battalion Chief Scott La Vielle of the North Highline Fire District.
“When they moved her off the toilet (to a stretcher), that’s when they saw the fetus in the toilet,” assistant chief Russ Pritchard said.
The crew checked for signs of life and didn’t find any. The crew apparently placed the baby in a bag used for biologically hazardous materials and gave it to a Shepard Ambulance crew, which was driving the teen to Highline Community Hospital.