Baby stuck in garbage can

By Gary Brode |

Published 08/13 2014 09:45PM

Updated 08/14 2014 10:14AM

CHAMPAIGN -- This father feared for his son's life, as his child's head was caught in a trash can. It all happened in the bathroom of an area restaurant. WCIA-3's Gary Brode tells us the baby is doing well after a totally bizarre experience the dad will never forget.

The mark on this 11-month old is the only proof he was very recently in a freak accident.

Dusten Jenkens says, "It was scary. You wouldn't even expect something like that to happen."

The Jenkins family was eating dinner at Cabo's. Silas needed his diaper changed. Jenkins took the baby to the bathroom. The stall with the changing table was being used, so he used the sink.

"I set him here to change him obviously, and being a baby like he is, he didn't want to sit still. As I lifted him, he lifted his head up and right in there," Jenkins says. "I very gently looked in there and he's stuck."

Customers and employees rushed to the father and son to lend a hand.

Cabo's Manager, Cassie Fudge says, "I just didn't know what was going on and as soon as I saw it, I immediately called 911."

The baby was hanging there for almost 45 minutes. A customer comforted the two the entire time.

Jenkins says, "The lady that was in here, she's patting me on the back telling me it's going to be okay and holding his head and telling him it's going to be okay."

When Silas made it to the hospital, they were having trouble cutting through the metal, so one nurse suggested a trick she learned from reality TV.

"A nurse there had seen a reality show where they had used an ID badge to pull something off of somebody. So she was like, 'Oh, let's try this,' and she put it on his head and popped it right off."

Just a day after the accident, Silas is back enjoying a meal with his family.

"The whole time, you know, you're scared that something bad could go wrong. I think that was the biggest thing that scared me, but by the time everyone was there, I knew it would be okay."

Jenkins didn't get names of the people who helped him out that day. He wants to say "thank you" to all of them and hopes they get in contact with him. Silas is keeping the metal ring as a souvenir.

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