Autopsy set for dead newborn found in San Antonio

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM

An autopsy will be conducted on the body of a newborn baby that a worker found on a conveyor belt at a San Antonio recycling center, officials said Tuesday.

The baby's body was found Monday at about 1 p.m. by an employee, said Lisa Doughty, a spokeswoman for Waste Management, the company that runs the facility. The employee was working at the start of a sorting line in a center that receives mixed materials from paper to plastics and metals, said Doughty. The newborn's body was in a bin on an inclined conveyor belt, she said.

The center was immediately shut down and police were called, Doughty said.

"We took all of our records of all the trucks entering the facility ... from Saturday through noon yesterday. We released the information of where those trucks came from so they could conduct the investigation," Doughty told The Associated Press.

San Antonio police completed their on-site investigation late Monday. They did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office said the newborn's body was handed over Monday, and the autopsy will likely be conducted Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Waste Management facility reopened for business Tuesday, Doughty said.

"Anyone that would encounter something like that has to just be very surprised. It's a terrible, terrible situation no matter what time of year it is," she said.

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