Dead baby found wrapped in blanket on California recycling center conveyor belt

By Travis Gettys
Friday, October 25, 2013 10:40 EDT
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Workers at a southern California recycling plant found a dead infant wrapped in a blanket on a conveyor belt.

An employee sorting through recyclable materials made the discovery about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Victor Valley Material Recovery Facility and called 911, reported KABC-TV.

Detectives said they wouldn’t know whether the newborn baby was a homicide victim or stillborn until an autopsy was completed.

Sheriff’s deputies said the infant was most likely dumped inside a residential or commercial recycling bin and hauled to the plant about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Authorities said the plant serves most of the high desert area except for Hesperia.

“The sheriff’s department is asking that the public, anyone who has information of a female may have recently given birth and who does not have their baby in their custody, that they would please call sheriff’s homicide,” said Jodi Miller with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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