GREENVILLE, Pa. — A newborn girl found dead in the closet of a Thiel College sophomore's dormitory room this week was born alive, authorities said today.
The baby, born about 11 p.m. Tuesday and discovered 17 hours later by a student and a college nurse, "was a live birth--that much is established," said Dr. Frank McElree, Mercer County deputy coroner.
"If an autopsy finds that there's a badly formed heart or something like that, this (job) is a lot easier," he said. "But if they say all organs are normal, I can assure you there will be a complete investigation from the district attorney."
Students at the small, Lutheran-affiliated college say they're stunned over the death.
"Everybody's shocked that at little Thiel College something like this could happen," said Randy Swanson, 21, a junior from Punxsutawney. "That's what everybody's talking about."