Dead Baby Found in NY Recycling Plant: Police

A worker was sifting through piles of recyclable materials when he found the baby's body

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:05 PM EDT
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Investigators think the woman whose dead baby was found at a Westchester County trash facility might be from Spring Valley. Rob Schmitt reports.

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Investigators think the woman whose dead baby was found at a Westchester County trash facility might be from Spring Valley. Rob Schmitt reports.

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A worker at a recycling plant in Westchester discovered a dead baby inside a plastic bag Tuesday, police say, and the newborn's death is being investigated as a murder. 

Investigators are now trying to figure out how the baby boy ended up at the Brookfield Recycling Plant in Elmsford. 

The worker was sifting through piles of recyclable materials when he found the body inside a plastic bag mixed among cardboard at about 3 p.m., Westchester police say. The baby boy was born full term.

Police believe the boy may be connected to the Myrtle Avenue area in Spring Valley after finding items from the local Maple Deli inside the same bag in which the baby was found.

"There were items from this deli that were also located in the bag, so we knew it came that this bag and the baby came from this particular location," said Westchester Police Capt. Christopher Calabrese. 

"It's sad," said resident Mark Stead. "It's terrible for that to happen anywhere. It's unusual for Elmsford -- it's a town like any other." 

Police are seeking any information that will lead them to the child's mother. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered by New York State Crime Stoppers (1-866-313-TIPS or nyscrimestoppers.org). 

Last month, a dead baby was found inside a Long Island trash facility. Police said the baby girl, who still had her umbilical cord attached, was not born alive.

"There are many ways that people can give their children up at birth, this is obviously not the way to go," said Calabrese. "There are Safe Haven laws, and we wish they would have been taken advantage of." 

--Gus Rosendale and Rob Schmitt contributed to this report. 

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