Baby found in dumpster dies

May 23, 2008 4:03:39 PM PDT
Police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a newborn baby, found in a trash dumpster, in downtown Oakland on Friday morning.

Someone digging for recyclables found the baby in the dumpster, on the 600 block of 14th street, about 7:40 a.m.

Paramedics say the child appeared to be born about a month premature.

Police are looking for witnesses and are talking to people in a nearby apartment building.

Officials say the death is particularly disturbing in light of California's Safe Surrender Program, allowing parents to drop newborns off at hospitals and fire stations without facing any charges.