Dead baby found in Union City dumpster

May 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
There was an upsetting discovery made in Union City Monday night. Someone found a dead baby inside an apartment complex dumpster at the Parkside Apartments on Decoto Road, near Alvarado Niles Road.

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Union City police collected as much information as they could for hours on Monday night. They say someone who lives nearby was looking for recyclables when he discovered the dead infant in the dumpster. He then called authorities.

Police don't know how old the baby is, nor its race, and they're not saying whether it is a boy or a girl. Detectives are trying to determine who left the baby and why. The people who live by the Parkside Apartments say they're quite shaken by all of this. Police are asking a lot of questions hoping to piece this all together.

"There are quite a few pregnant women in our complex, but I'm unsure if it was one of theirs and so is [the police.] They're interviewing people and asking questions, but other than that they haven't released anything else besides that it was a newborn," said Lindsay Patterson, a resident.

"One of our primary concerns at this point is just for the well being of the mother. We want to look into the circumstances of how the baby arrived at the dumpster," said Lt. Ben Horner, with the Union City Police Department.

In situations like this, police like to reiterate the state's safe-haven law that allows mothers within 72 hours of giving birth to drop off newborns at designated firehouses and hospitals, without questions asked and without fear of prosecution.

It is unclear what happened in Union City, but police want to emphasize there are places to turn to for help.

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