September 8, 1997 in Nation/World

Body Of Newborn Boy Found Behind Flower Beds Of City Park

From Staff And Wire Reports

The body of a newborn boy left hidden behind the flower beds of a downtown park was discovered Sunday morning by city workers.

The boy, who was less than 24 hours old, was found lying on a blue cloth near a statue of Moses, police Lt. Lauren Signer said.

City employees arriving to work on an irrigation ditch found the body at 7 a.m. and called police.

Signer said the baby had been brought to the park after it was born. According to an autopsy conducted Sunday, the baby was born alive.

The cause of death had not been determined Sunday. Toxicology tests were scheduled for later this week.

The blue cloth found with the body was singed, though police do not know if the person who left the baby tried to set it on fire. The child’s body was not burned.

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