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Body of newborn baby found in trash outside South El Monte home

September 06, 2013|By Joseph Serna

Authorities are investigating the death of a newborn baby found in a South El Monte trash bin Thursday.

The body of the boy was found about 3 p.m. in the 2600 block of Chico Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The body was found in a trash bin, KTLA reported. The L.A. County coroner's office has recovered the body and detectives have finished processing the scene, authorities said Friday.

Police found the body after doctors at a local hospital reported that a woman had walked into the facility bleeding profusely, then broke down and said she had just given birth and discarded the newborn in front of her apartment, KABC reported.

She has not been arrested, officials said.

"We're trying to figure out several things -- how the infant died, if there's any criminal intent on anybody's part, how the infant was placed there, if there's any connection to this home to whichever parents, and who may or may not be culpable depending on the circumstances that we learn after the autopsy," Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Leslie told ABC.

An autopsy is pending. Officials said they hope the results of the autopsy will show if the baby was alive at birth.

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joseph.serna@latimes.com

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