Albert Peterson
Photo: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez / Harris County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez / Harris County Sheriff's Office

Man who rescued newborn baby abandoned in bushes hailed as hero

>> Mom charged with child abandonment after newborn baby found outside, covered in ants

Peterson is the man who, as he was rushing to work in the early morning hours, took the extra time to check on the muffled noise he heard coming from the bushes along the sidewalk of his Harris County, Texas, apartment complex.

The Houston area was quickly captivated by the story of the baby that Peterson found; CPS even received calls requesting to adopt her, according to KHOU.

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After lying outside naked for almost six hours, the baby was near death when Peterson found her covered in ants, authorities said.

Because he saved her life, he’s now been named a hero by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday night, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez gave Peterson a life-saving award to honor his actions.

“It feels good man,” Peterson said in an interview with KHOU. “There ain’t no feeling like it. I wasn’t even expecting this.”

The baby girl is still recovering in the hospital, where she is being treated for a bacterial infection.

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Her mother, Sidney Woytasczyk, was charged with child abandonment on Monday.

She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Mom Charged With Child Abandonment After Newborn Found Outside, Covered In Ants

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