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Teen praised for 'finding baby' near dumpster later revealed as the mother

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She was hailed a hero Saturday when she claimed to have found an abandoned baby just hours after birth, but there's since been a shocking turn of events. 

It turns out the 16-year-old who was praised for finding the baby next to a park dumpster and rescuing him, is actually its mother. 

Her identity is now being protected.

In an interview Saturday, the teenager was asked why she thought somebody would abandon their baby.

"I don't know, I guess they wasn't ready," she said, "I took the shortcut to the store and I heard a baby cry, and I was scared at first and then I went over there and walked towards it, and got it and brought it back home."

Police said the little boy was not even 10 hours old when authorities took him into custody.

He's said to be in good condition at a children's hospital in Detroit.

As for the mother, it is not clear whether she will face charges.

Police said under Michigan's Safe Haven Law the mother could have left her baby at any hospital, police station, or fire station without consequence.

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