INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Marion County coroner is trying to determine how an infantfound in a dumpster died.
Two people rummaging for scrap metal found the baby's body atthe Ross-Gage Inc. building at 2323 North Illinois St.
The building is vacant, but it was recently used to host theannual Oranje art and music festival on September 19.
Metro homicide detectives arrived on the scene minutes after thegruesome discovery.
"We don't know what the cause of death is yet this could be youknow a stillborn, it could be a victim of abuse, we don't know atthis point," according to IMPD Sgt. Matthew Mount.
Investigators said the baby was buried under trash. And whendetectives arrived they didn't want to disturb the scene andcontaminate any possible evidence. So, they waited for the coronerto arrive.
Meantime, they contacted the company that owns the dumpster,Best Way Disposal.
While the operations manager Chris Roberts wouldn't talk oncamera he did tell 24-Hour News 8 that his company dropped off thedumpster on September 10 and the dumpster hadn't been removed oremptied since.
Deputy Chief of Investigations William Benjamin is asking forhelp.
"Someone knows that a woman was pregnant and she is no longerpregnant so we are asking the help of the citizens in thissituation out here because we do have what we believe to be a fetusor a very small baby."
Police aren't revealing much about the baby. They won't say thesex or race. They are waiting on an autopsy report from thecoroner.
Police said the person currently leasing the building is inTexas.
Indiana has had a Safe Haven Law since 2000.
The law allows a parent to abandon an infant, less than 45 daysold, safely, legally, and confidentially at any hospital, fire orpolice station.
It also protects the parent from arrest or prosecution forabandonment.
The child is then puts into the custody of the Department ofChild Services, which places the infant in a foster or pre-adoptivehome.
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