Police seeking clues in newborn baby's death, abandonment

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police said Wednesday they believe a newborn baby found dead in a recycling center in North Portland could have been abandoned before winding up at the center.

Portland police investigators say they believe the baby girl may have been discarded in someone's recycling and then transported to EFI Recycling on Swan Island, where the baby was discovered by employee on Tuesday.

As they continue their investigation, police are asking the public to stop and remember whether they'd seen anything strange: if they knew someone who was pregnant and close to giving birth and then suddenly not pregnant -- but with no baby.

"Do you know someone who was recently pregnant and now is not, but there's no baby within the last week," said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. "Based on what the M.E. (medical examiner) is able to tell us, (the girl was) a few days from birth."

The infant, who was black or mixed race and weighed 5 pounds and 4 ounces, still had her umbilical cord attached. She is believed to have taken at least a couple of breaths when she was born.

Wednesday, investigators were working to identify which region of the metro area the baby might have come from.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP or text them at 274637 and put "823-HELP" in the subject line.

In light of the baby's tragic death, police are emphasizing the importance of Oregon's Safe Haven law. A parent can give up a newborn child at an "authorized facility," which includes hospitals, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, doctor's offices or birthing centers with no questions asked.