PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The remains of a newborn baby were discovered in a North Portland recycling center Tuesday morning.
The remains of a little girl were found before 8:30 a.m. at EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commercial Street, amid other recycled items. The baby’s umbilical cord was still attached, an employee told KOIN 6 News and confirmed later by the medical examiner. The newborn was picked up and dumped from the recycling material.
Company personnel shut down the line and called police.
The African-American or mixed-race girl weighed 5.25 pounds and was born alive, the Multnomah County medical examiner told KOIN 6 News. She took breaths before she died, but the autopsy did not reveal exactly how she died. There were no obvious signs of trauma on the baby.
The worker who found the newborn is devastated and can’t understand why anyone would do this to a baby.
“I actually fed the drum feeder, so I scooped up the little infant and put it in the drum feeder,” he said. “It’s strange. I don’t even know how to feel yet about it. I never expected anything like that in a million years.”
He added, “It’s a little nerve racking how fragile things can be how people can do that to a little bitty brand new infant.”
The investigation continues. It’s possible the baby’s mother either sought or needed medical attention.
A reward of $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Leave a tip online, text CRIMES (subject line: 823HELP) or call 503.823.4357.
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