The body of a newborn baby was discovered among recycled items at a north Portland recycling center Tuesday.
The Multnomah County medical examiner's office said the baby was a full-term or nearly full-term girl that was born alive and took at least a few breaths before dying. The umbilical cord was still attached.
Investigators said there were no signs of trauma to the baby's body.
Forensic experts and homicide detectives were called out to EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commerce St., at 8:33 a.m. Tuesday.
After a preliminary investigation, they called in the medical examiner, criminalists from the police bureau's evidence division and homicide detectives.
EFI Recycling released a statement about the situation Tuesday.
"One of our employees found human remains on the commercial sort line. Authorities were notified immediately and our facility was closed while detectives investigated the scene," said Scott Jenkins, president and chief executive officer. "We are saddened by these events and trust the police will find and punish those responsible."
The medical examiner's office is now working with Portland police to identify the baby's parents and determine what led to this situation.
The child was described as a black or mixed-race baby girl. Detectives believe she was born within the past few days and the mother may have needed immediate medical treatment.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward in this case. If you know anything about it, call 503-823-HELP or go to www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.
There are many so-called "safe places" where mothers can surrender unwanted newborns in Oregon, including fire and police stations and hospitals.
"Really what [the program] does is it allows the mother of the baby, as long as the baby is less than 30 days old and there's no signs of abuse, and the baby's physically handed to somebody, to leave them at a safe place," said Lt. Tim Nokes, with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. "What we don't want is for the baby to be abandoned somewhere where harm can come to the baby."
Nokes said a baby can be surrendered no questions asked, but officials would prefer to know details about prenatal care and illnesses.
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