Dead newborn found in Texas recycling centre


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Dead newborn found in Texas recycling centre
Reuters
First posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 02:10 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 02:18 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The medical examiner in San Antonio, Texas, will conduct an autopsy Tuesday on a newborn baby whose body was found a day earlier in a trash recycling centre.
Police said they could pursue a capital murder case, which carries the possibility of the death penalty, depending on the outcome of the autopsy.
The infant, who appeared to be between one and 10 days old, was stuffed in a duffel bag, which was among items taken to the recycling facility on Monday.
The gender of the child has not been made public, police said.
“It should never get to a situation where you throw out a child like it was common trash,” Daniel Gonzalez, a sergeant with the San Antonio police, told Reuters.
Lisa Doughty, a spokeswoman for Waste Management Inc, which operates the recycling centre, said an employee found the body on a conveyor belt.
“That is where all of the recyclable material which is placed into the recycle bins by residents and businesses is taken into the plant to be separated,” Doughty said.
Under Texas law, a child under 60 days can be left in the care of an official employee at designated safe places, such as hospitals, fire houses or police stations.
A person who drops off an unharmed infant will not be prosecuted for neglect or abandonment under the “Baby Moses Law,” named for the biblical character. The law is aimed at providing desperate parents with a responsible alternative and protects them from criminal prosecution.
“If something happened that you couldn’t care for the child, you could take the child to a police station,” Gonzalez said. “It shouldn’t end like this.”
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Mom arrested for death of baby found at Texas trash plant
Jim Forsyth, Reuters
First posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:28 AM EST | Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 02:51 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A Texas woman arrested on suspicion of killing her newborn son and dumping him in the trash told detectives she "strangled the baby and watched him die," according to an arrest affidavit released by San Antonio police on Wednesday.
The body of the infant, likely less than a week old, was found stuffed in a duffel bag on the intake conveyor belt of a Waste Management recycling center in San Antonio two days before Christmas.
Nidia Alvarado, 25, was taken into custody on Tuesday night without incident at her home and charged with capital murder, which carries the possibility of the death penalty, police said.
"It's believed that the suspect gave birth to that baby boy, and shortly thereafter murdered him by strangulation," police Sergeant Javier Salazar told reporters.
Bond has been set at $2 million. Officials did not list an attorney for the suspect.
Alvarado told detectives that several weeks before the birth she had tried to find somebody who would teach her how to perform a self-induced abortion, the arrest affidavit said.
She also told investigators that after killing the baby, she threw the body into a dumpster at her apartment building.
Salazar said it was thought Alvarado had given birth in hospital, under an assumed name. "Tips from the public" helped lead police to the suspect, he added.
A Waste Management spokeswoman said the company provided police with records of the locations where its trucks had picked up the load of recyclables in which the body was found.
Salazar said: "There were other children involved in the case that resided in the same place where the suspect resides."
The children have been handed over to Child Protective Services while police try to find out if Alvarado is their mother.
Under Texas law, a child under 60 days can be left in the care of an official employee at designated safe places, such as hospitals, fire houses or police stations.
A person who drops off an unharmed infant will not be prosecuted for neglect or abandonment under the "Baby Moses Law," named for the biblical figure. The law is aimed at providing desperate parents with a responsible alternative and protects them from criminal prosecution.
Mom arrested for death of baby found at Texas trash plant | World | News | Toronto Sun
 
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