Newborn found at recycling center still unsolved

Hand and foot prints of the baby have been released as part of a plea for information

EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commercial Street, Portland, May 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commercial Street, Portland, May 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nearly 3 years after the body of a newborn baby was found at a recycling center, the case remains unsolved.

The remains of the baby were found on May 28, 2013, at EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commercial Street, amid recycled items. The baby’s umbilical cord was still attached. The newborn was picked up and dumped from the recycling material.

Company personnel shut down the line and called police.

Hand and foot prints of 'Baby Precious,' May 20, 2016 (PPB)
Hand and foot prints of ‘Baby Precious,’ May 20, 2016 (PPB)

The African-American or mixed-race girl weighed 5.25 pounds and was born within a few days of when she was found.

Employees cooperated with police and homicide detectives received several tips about the case, but none of those tips have led to the baby’s mother or revealed how the baby ended up at the recycling center.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

On Friday, in honor of the girl, who has been given the name ‘Baby Precious,’ officials with the city of Portland planted a rose bush. They hope it raises awareness of Oregon’s Save Haven Law, which allows parents to anonymously leave a child at an authorized facility.

A rose bush planted in honor of 'Baby Precious,' May 20, 2016 (KOIN)
A rose bush planted in honor of ‘Baby Precious,’ May 20, 2016 (KOIN)

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