July 30, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Police are treating the death of an infant whose body was discovered in the back of a trash truck in Kansas City on Monday morning as a likely homicide.
Garbage collection workers made the macabre discovery part-way through their route, after they reportedly saw an arm emerging from the trash at the back of the truck.
Right now police are waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. They are also focused on discovering where on the truck’s route the baby was picked up.
"At this point, we have no way of determining that," said Kansas City Police Capt. Tye Grant, according to kcci.com. "We're not sure obviously. That's something we'll be looking at -- to try to figure out where at on the route it came from -- but at this point we don't know, we're hoping we can determine that."
“We don’t know what happened yet,” he added. “But we’re handling it as a homicide until we learn differently.”
The Kansas City Police tweeted about the incident, drawing attention to the city’s safe haven law, which allows parents to drop a newborn baby off at a police station or a hospital without the risk of facing charges.
“No one EVER has to abandon a newborn. Bring it us w/ no penalty,” they said.
Police Chief Darryl Forte also tweeted, asking for prayers. “Alert City workers averted the possible cover up of the disposal of an infants body. Let's keep all (employees, suspects) in our prayers.”
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The discovery in Kansas City follows similar incidents elsewhere in the country.
Last week police in Pennsylvania charged Lorie Bendorovich after she wrapped the body of her newborn son in a trash bag and left him inside a trash can in her parents' home for four days. In that case police said an autopsy showed the baby was indeed stillborn, as Bendorovich had claimed.
At the end of June the body of a baby was discovered in a trash can sitting outside a house in Oildale, California.
Earlier that month, 27-year-old Shavaughn Robison was charged after police say she gave birth to a baby in a toilet, then put the newborn in a trash bag and threw her in a dumpster.
In May, 19-year-old Cherlie Lafleur gave birth to a baby in the ladies' restroom at McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then allegedly abandoned the child in the trash can. The baby was between 27 and 29 weeks gestation.