Man Abandoned in Dumpster As Baby in 1989 Reunites With Officer Who Rescued Him

September 10, 2019 Updated: September 15, 2019

A baby who was abandoned in a dumpster for four hours after coming to the world finally, after 25 years, met the retired police officer who had found and rescued him.

On Nov. 21, 1989, while Officer Michael Buelna responded to calls of a stabbing, he found a premature baby boy behind a trash bin in an alley in Santa Ana, California.

“It was like a sound of a very low meow, like a cat or something,” Buelna, the now-retired police officer, said to ABC7, as he recalled that day.

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When Buelna shifted the trash, he saw the tiny baby. “I noticed the umbilical cord and he was covered, he still had all the mucus and stuff, and all the trash and gravel was sticking to him. I tried to give him a tiny little bit of breath and he reacted a little bit,” he said.

Speaking to ABC News station KABC, Buelna said: “It took a second or two for what I saw to sink in. The baby was completely grey and [looked] lifeless.” He added: “He was completely nude—no blanket or anything.”

Buelna clutched the tiny baby boy and rushed him to a nearby paramedic.

He named the premature 4-pound (approx. 2-kilogram) infant “Adam,” who was later adopted by Elizabeth Barton and Daniel Fernandez of Orange County and renamed “Robin.” As for his adoptive parents, Robin Barton said: “I was blessed with a great family.”

HEARTWARMING REUNION: A man finally got to meet the Santa Ana police officer who saved him 25 years ago when he was abandoned in a garbage dumpster as an infant. WATCH:

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Buelna had been wondering what happened to the baby he had saved.

Finally, he was reunited with Barton and his adoptive parents on April 24, 2015, for the first time since that fateful afternoon.

“Nice. Wonderful to finally have met you, to see the man who found me first,” Barton said to Buelna, then 25, CBS Los Angeles reported.

It was an emotional meeting when Barton and his parents met Buelna. “I had the opportunity to shake his hand and look in his eyes and say, ‘Thank you for saving his life,’” Barton’s adoptive father, Daniel Fernandez, said.

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Barton’s biological father, Marcos Meza, caught wind of their reunion, aired on television, and came forward. Soon after, the father and son reunited.

Meza had tried finding Barton, but his adoption records were sealed. “For 24 years, I always said I would like to find him, and I finally did,” he said.

“Many people told me- he looks like you, the nose, the ears, everything. He looks like you,” said Meza, who has five daughters.

As for Barton’s biological mom, Buelna is determined to find her for him. The pair shared a special bond—the now-retired police officer Buelna and his four siblings were abandoned as children by their mother.

“I spent over 20 years looking for my mother,” Buelna said to CBS Los Angeles.

Buelna did find Barton’s mom, Sarina Fabiola Diaz, who was 19 in 1989. Diaz was sentenced to jail for several years for child endangerment and attempted murder. She was later deported.

Barton doesn’t hold anything against his biological mom, who lives in Tijuana, Mexico. He has spoken to his biological mom and expressed he would like to meet her someday. “I don’t blame her, and I’m not angry or upset with her. And that I do forgive her,” he said.

Watch their reunion below: