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Dead newborn found in trash; Chicago-area police ask public for help

May 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

CHICAGO, May 1 (UPI) -- Police in a Chicago suburb were asking for the public's help Wednesday in their investigation of a newborn's body discovered at a recycling plant.

The body was in a soft, red lunch cooler on a conveyor belt when an employee of the Resource Management Companies plant in Chicago Ridge discovered it during a sorting operation at about 4 a.m. CDT, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The worker said the cooler seemed heavy so he opened it and found the newborn boy's body, with his umbilical cord attached, and a blue towel, the report said.

Chicago Ridge Deputy Police Chief Paul Landry said police were asking the public for assistance in identifying the newborn.

"We don't even know if a crime was committed at this point," said.

The Cook County medical examiner's office is to conduct an autopsy on the newborn's body Thursday, the Tribune said.

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