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Body of dead baby discovered at San Jose recycling center

Police have not released further identifying information about the child.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Police Department asked the public's help for information about a baby whose body they found on a conveyor belt at a recycling center.

Officer Gina Tepoorten says the body was discovered early Friday at the GreenWaste Recovery recycling center in San Jose.

Authorities didn't release the baby's sex, age or other identifying information.

Tepoorten says the center takes in recyclables from cities throughout Santa Clara County. She says the coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine how the baby died.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information about the child to contact Detective Ramon Sanchez or Sgt. Isidro Bagon with the San Jose Police Department's homicide division at 408-277-5283.

Police said people could submit anonymous tips with the Crime Stoppers unit at 408-947-7867.

Safe Surrender Laws:

Under California law, parents or guardians are legally allowed to abandon a baby within 72 hours of its birth by leaving it at a safe surrender site.

Sites usually include county hospitals and fire stations, approved by the Board of Supervisors, and other various locations. 

The hotline number, 1-877-BABY-SAFE (222-9723), above provides helpful information, including locations of safe surrender sites in your county.

Also, you can call the Office of Child Abuse Prevention at (916) 651-6960 for information regarding SBB Law.


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