Body of baby found in bag at recycling center

Newborn found in duffel bag

Author: Van Darden, Web Editor,
Published On: Dec 23 2013 03:55:17 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 23 2013 06:28:48 PM CST
Body of baby found in bag at recycling center

San Antonio police are looking for the person responsible for throwing out the body of a newborn baby at an east side Waste Management recycling center.

The center is located in the 5600 block of FM 1346.

Police say the newborn's body was found by a worker inside of a duffle bag.

The baby's body was found just before 1 p.m. on Monday but police investigators have not released the baby's gender or race.

All they know is that the baby is anywhere between one to 10 days old, and he or she could have been dropped off as early as Saturday or sometime Monday morning.

"It's going to require some legwork by the detectives," said San Antonio police Sgt. Daniel Gonzalez. "They'll have to look through the manifest to see when this trash that was brought in where the child was found, where that particular batch of trash was brought in, and then they're going to have to go back to the vehicles to find out where this may have come from."

A Houston-based Waste Management spokesperson said they took over the facility about a year ago. They did a lot of refurbishments and improvements, and re-opened the facility about a month ago.

The spokesperson said the only drop-offs are made by commercial companies, not residents.

Police say the baby's parents could face a number of criminal charges -- including capital murder -- if the baby was intentionally killed.

"You can take an unwanted child to a fire station or police station if you're not able to care for the child, but certainly it should never get to this type of situation -- to where you just discard a child like it's common trash," Gonzalez said.

KSAT's Mariza Mendoza contributed to this report.