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Florida woman dumped a newborn girl in a trash bin, deputies say

BOCA RATON — Florida deputies say they've detained a person of interest after a newborn girl was found alive inside a trash bin.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the woman was taken to a local hospital Thursday for medical clearance. She was then taken to the sheriff's office to be interviewed.

The Palm Beach Post identified the woman as 35-year-old Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa. She is being held without bail, according to Palm Beach County jail records.

Officials say two people walking at an apartment complex Wednesday morning near Boca Raton heard crying coming from a bin and found the baby. The girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation and is expected to survive.

Under Florida law, unwanted newborns can be dropped off anonymously at a hospital or fire station with no questions asked. The child is then placed up for adoption.

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