Two men are being called heroes after they saved a baby from a dumpster in Boca Raton.
In May 2019, Yusdani Gonzalez-Delgado and Sergio Vega found a baby in a dumpster. The men said that they were walking on May 8 in an apartment complex near Boca Entrada Blvd. They said that they heard a baby crying and then went to investigate to make sure that the baby was okay. Vega said that the baby was crying and to him it sounded like the baby was crying for help. He said at first it sound like a cat, but then they quickly figured out it had to be a baby. Gonzalez-Delgado jumped into a dumpster and found a newborn baby girl alive inside a plastic bag. "We both froze because it was something surreal," said Vega, who was the maintenance manager at the apartment complex. "She had trash around her, there was coffee grinds, she was dirty and bloody, but she was alive and well. Even at one point she opened her eyes and looked at us."
The men took the baby out and they cleaned her up. They cuddled her until the police arrived and were able to take her to the hospital. The little girl, who was named Sarah, was healthy and they were able to to find the father who now has custody of the little girl. "Everything was so surreal and was happening so quick, that the only thing you can do is react," said Vega. "It was just amazing to know that she made it."
On October 31, both men were recognized by the The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and they received the Samaritan Award. The men were honored for their "outstanding act, achievement, or exceptional service to his or her fellow man and community." Sarah and her father were both in attendance! Gonzalez-Delgado and Vega were able to be reunited with Sarah and see how big and healthy she had grown from four months ago.
The mother of the baby, Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder and child abuse. Sousa admitted to delivering the baby, putting her in the garbage bag with household trash and then throwing her in the dumpster. She then said that she went back twice to make sure the baby was dead but didn't get any closer because she didn't want anybody to see her. Sousa is currently being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail.
We are so grateful that these men were able to hear the little baby cry for help and that they went to track down the cries! Thank you so much for your amazing heroism! We are so happy that Sarah is healthy and with her father!