BROOKLYN - A newborn baby who survived being put in a plastic bag and tossed down an eight-story trash chute is in stable condition at Brooklyn Hospital tonight.

According to police, the infant was found in the garbage at the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene. They say the boy's mother, 18-year-old Laquasia Wright, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say the boy was rescued by a maintenance worker who heard his cries from inside the compactor in the building's basement.

Officials say there are places the teenage mother could have gone for help, with no questions asked, as part of the state's Safe Haven Law, including a nearby firehouse, hospital and police station. A parent can drop off the newborn within 30 days of giving birth without it being a crime.

Police: Infant survives toss down BK trash chute