Israeli days-old baby abandoned in cardboard box, found alive

Police officers found the infant with the umbilical cord still attached to his stomach.

THE OLD city of Acre, a week after violent riots threatened to tear the city apart. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
THE OLD city of Acre, a week after violent riots threatened to tear the city apart.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

An Israeli infant, only days old, was abandoned in a cardboard box for several days in Acre, Israel Police announced.

A Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic team responded to reports after the baby was found in Acre's Old City. He was treated and rushed to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya in stable condition.

Police officers found the infant with the umbilical cord still attached to his stomach.

Infant found in Acre's Old City

The Acre resident who found the infant spoke of the incident in an interview given to N12.

Dr. Masad Barhoum stands outside the Galilee Medical Center (credit: RONI ALBERT)Dr. Masad Barhoum stands outside the Galilee Medical Center (credit: RONI ALBERT)

"Several tourists were looking over the box so I went to check it out," he recalled. "I immediately called the police."

"When the baby started moving, I realized he was alive...it was shocking to see," he added. "I'm in shock and hopeful that authorities will be able to find an arrangement for the child."

Baby's condition stable, Galilee Medical Center says

Later on Thursday, Galilee Medical Center gave an update on the infant's condition. According to Dr. Vered Fleischer-Sheffer, the baby was clothed and fully conscious with a normal body temperature.

The infant was also recently fed, according to his sugar levels. Medical staff at the hospital estimate the child is only two or three days old.

Israel Police opened an investigation into the incident.

This is a developing story.