Newborn baby found dead at California waste collection facility

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By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) A shocking discovery was made at a California waste collection facility, according to police reports.

The body of a newborn girl was found at the waste collection center in the City of Industry. The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County is investigating how she ended up there.

An autopsy is pending to determine if the baby was born dead or alive and tossed after birth. Detectives said that the baby seemed to be born of term and in good health.

A worker discovered the baby's body just before 2:00 p.m. Monday, on a conveyor belt at Athens Services. The girl, identified by authorities as Jane Doe #83, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Athens Services is a garbage and recycling collection company holding contracts with several communities in the Los Angeles area.

The trash in which the baby was found Monday, had been collected from various areas around the San Gabriel Valley.

"Athens Services is saddened by the tragic discovery at our facility," the company said in a statement.

"Athens immediately contacted the sheriff's department. We are also making grief counseling available to any member of our team who may be traumatized by the discovery."



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