Man reunites with police officer who saved him as a baby

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SANTA ANA, CA - Just hours old, a baby was found by an officer in a dumpster.

That was 25 years ago.

This week, the baby and the officer who found him were reunited.

Eileen Frere reports.

Robin Barton shares a bond like no other with this man, retired Santa Ana police officer Michael Buelna.

(Michael Buelna, Retired Officer) "I hoped that some day I would see him again."

The two first met 25 years ago, though Barton was just four hours old. In what some would call a miracle encounter. It was November 21, 1989. Buelna was on duty in Santa Ana.

(Michael Buelna, Retired Officer) "It was like a sound of a very low meow, like a cat or something."

The sound from behind a garbage dumpster. Buelna started moving trash around and then made the shocking discovery.

(Michael Buelna, Retired Officer) "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."

The baby weighed just four pounds, two ounces. Buelna named him Adam. A sketch of his 19-year-old biological mother -- later identified as Serena Diaz -- went out. She was later arrested for attempted murder.

(Robin Barton, Saved by Officer in 1989) "I'm not angry or upset with her, and I forgive her, because she was a young woman in a very compromising position."

Adam was adopted by an orange county couple.

(Elizabeth Barton, Adoptive Mother) "It's been an honor and privilege to be your mom. It's been wonderful. I was blessed with a great family.'

Recently, he and his parents met the officer who rescued him.

It was a very, very emotional meeting.

(Daniel Fernandez, Adoptive Father)" I had to opportunity to shake his hand and look in his eyes, and say thank you for saving his life."

Now Barton's biological mother was sentenced to three years in prison for child endangerment and attempted murder. Barton says he is trying to find her. He says it will help provide some closure to meet her. He also wants to tell her he forgives her. In Santa Ana, Eileen Frere, ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

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