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Newborn Baby Found Dead In NYC Park Trash Can With Umbilical Cord Still Attached
The baby boy was discovered on Saturday.
Detectives spent most of Saturday searching for clues as to why a decomposing baby boy was found wrapped in a yellow plastic bag and placed in a park trash can in Queens, New York.
At around 10:30 AM, a passerby smelled a foul order in a trash can and discovered a newborn boy in the advanced stage of decomposition. According to a report by NBC New York, the baby is said to have been in the trash can for days. Law enforcement said that the newborn had no real signs of trauma.
Devon Davis said he was walking around the park when he noticed the smell.
“I thought it was just like garbage or animals being run over,” Davis said.
One of his friends then called him over to the trash can.
"When she called me over, she told me there was a baby in a trash can, like wrapped in a bag. I didn’t know if he was dead or alive,” Davis said.
As soon as Davis processed what he saw, he called 911 and led paramedics to the baby, who was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the New York Daily News, the boy’s umbilical cord was still attached.
"It's just really messed up, and really foul. It's just something I really didn't want to see. Having to see kids like that and seeing babies left like that. It's just wrong," Davis told ABC 7.
There are signs currently posted surrounding the playground offering a $2,500 reward for information. People in the neighborhood have also been leaving flowers near the trash can. No arrests have been made, and the medical examiner is currently determining the cause of death.