Maternity staff find big, drunk, smoking baby Thursday, March 15, 2007
What Heinrich Mueller did not look like
Drunken German Heinrich Mueller, 28, has been arrested after climbing into one of the emergency post boxes for unwanted babies.
As Mueller slid down the chute he ended up in an emergency incubator, triggering alarms among medical staff that another unwanted baby had been deposited.
But instead of a newborn they found Mueller, who had started smoking a cigarette - then fell asleep as staff worked out how to get him out of the incubator at the hospital in Dortmund, Germany.
Hundreds of babies have been deposited in the boxes, set up across Germany and Austria, since the scheme started five years ago.
It came into effect after more and more young mothers, unable to cope with their newborns and afraid of dealing with officials, had been abandoning them on the street. The baby boxes offered a no-questions-asked alternative.