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Dog Keeps Newborn Warm in Alley; Custody Hearing Set for Tot

October 26, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ A newborn abandoned in an alley whose life was saved by German shepherd dog that kept him warm was in stable condition Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The 6-pound, 4-ounce boy, born Thursday, was admitted to Sinai Hospital suffering from hypothermia, a potentially fatal lowering of the body’s temperature. The baby was being treated in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit.

The baby was in ″good shape, stable condition,″ said hospital spokeswoman Paula Friedman.

A preliminary custody hearing is scheduled Monday in probate court for the infant, son of 20-year-old Greta Davis.

Davis, of Detroit, was admitted to Sinai Hospital for treatment a few hours after giving birth. But hospital officials said there was no child with her, and police officers were sent to the woman’s house. There, they found a trail of blood leading to the alley.

In the alley, they found the dog curled around the infant, licking it. Officers credited the dog, which ran away when they approached it, with saving the newborn’s life.

Police Sgt. Michael Arble and animal control officer Darrell Connell said Sunday that they had no indication the dog had been found and that no special orders had been issued to locate the animal.

Davis has said she didn’t realize she was pregnant and first saw the baby in the hospital on Friday.

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