SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Police in Rockland County have appealed to the public for help locating the mother of a Hispanic newborn found dead at a recycling plant last week.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Spring Valley’s police chief issued an emotional plea for help Thursday.
“Since Nov. 12 we’ve been consumed by this, we are all fathers, we are all mothers, we have children and this has been 24 hours a day,” Police Chief Paul Modica said. “This is our primary focus in finding out who committed this homicide and also finding out if the mother of this child is safe and sound.”
The baby boy was found dead with his umbilical cord still attached at Brookfield Resource Management Inc. in Elmsford, Westchester County. The medical examiner determined the full-term baby was born alive and was the victim of a homicide.
His remains, a skirt and a lottery ticket were all in a garbage bag at the recycling facility. Authorities traced the lottery ticket back to a convenience store on Maple Avenue in Spring Valley. It’s believed the baby was dumped in a recycling bin behind the store, authorities said.
They’re hoping someone will recognize the skirt.
Modica said there have been many tips, but so far no good leads in the case.
“This mother of this child has not showed up, we don’t know if she’s also a victim somewhere that needs assistance or is possibly a victim of another homicide,” he said.
Meanwhile, officers have planned a funeral for the boy who’s been named Baby Angel. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at St. Joseph’s Church, which is across from police headquarters.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of the baby boy.
Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Crime Stoppers at 1-866-313-TIPS (8477).
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