EVERETT, Wash. - Police say a newborn was found in a trash compactor in Everett and taken to a hospital. The baby is alive, thanks to a man and his girlfriend who heard the boy crying, called police and pulled the baby out.

Everett police said that at 8:20 p.m. Friday someone passing by called 911 to report hearing crying coming from a dumpster on the 800 block of 112th Street Southeast.

Jeff Meyers said his girlfriend Paula made the discovery when she went to drop off some garbage. When she pushed the button to compact the trash, she heard what sounded like a baby crying.

"Paula immediately jumped into action. She calls 911, says it might be a baby, it might be a toy, we're not really sure, and starts digging through the garbage. And she's in a dress," said Meyers. "The police arrive and say it sounds like a toy. Paula jumps back in the trash compactor, pulls off what must have been two feet of garbage, about 20 garbage bags, and discovers this brand new newborn child."

Police called medics, who put the baby boy into a blanket and rushed off to the hospital.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 425-257-8450.