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Infant found dead in Las Vegas trash bin

  |   June 11, 2009 at 2:18 PM
LAS VEGAS, June 11 (UPI) -- Police in Las Vegas say they are investigating the discovery of a dead infant in a trash bin near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Metro Police spokeswoman Officer Barbara Morgan told The Las Vegas Sun the discovery of the dead infant Wednesday has left both homicide detectives and abuse and neglect officers searching for those responsible.

Police said the infant, who was less than a year old, was found by a man searching through the trash bin. The man, whose identity was not reported, immediately contacted police and the surrounding area was cordoned off.

The trash bin containing the dead child, which police confirmed was not a newborn, was located behind an apartment complex in an open parking lot.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal said an autopsy will be conducted on the infant, dubbed Baby Jane Vista Doe by authorities, to determine cause of death.

Nevada is one of the U.S. states that currently has a Safe Haven law, which allows parents to legally abandon their children at certain designated locations.

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