Martha's Vineyard

Remains of Baby Girl Found at Mass. Recycling Facility

The Cape and Island District Attorney's Office asked for help finding the newborn's mother, who "may live on, have ties to, or recently travelled to Martha's Vineyard"

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The body of an infant was found at a regional cycling facility in Rochester, Massachusetts, on Thursday, prosecutors said Friday, asking for the public's help finding the mother.

Authorities identified the child as a baby girl on Saturday. She was found by employees at Zero Waste Solutions located on 50 Cranberry Highway in Rochester.

State police say the baby girl was found within a trash collection that appears to have originated from Martha's Vineyard and was shipped to the Rochester location.

The Cape and Island District Attorney's Office said in a statement that the newborn's "mother may live on, have ties to, or recently travelled to" the island.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Massachusetts State Police investigators at 508-790-5799.

Officials said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has begun post-mortem examination of the baby. The results will not be released at this time.

A representative for the district attorney's office declined to share more information Friday night, citing the ongoing investigation.

Massachusetts has had a baby safe haven law since 2004 that allows parents to surrender newborn infants 7 days old or younger at a hospital, police station or staffed fire station without facing criminal prosecution.

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