After baby found dead inside dumpster, Saskatoon police urgently search for mom – CTV News

After baby found dead inside dumpster, Saskatoon police \urgently\ search for mom - CTV News
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SASKATOON — Time is of the essence in finding the mother of a baby found dead in a dumpster behind apartment buildings in downtown Saskatoon, police say.

Police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards told reporters Friday the baby was recently born and police are "urgently" looking for the mother, who may be in a vulnerable physical and emotional state.

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"We want this mother to come forward. We want to assist her in any way we can. Thats the priority."

"Perhaps someone knows of a woman who was pregnant recently and is not pregnant any longer but there is no evidence of a child in that persons life. They may have information that is critical to locating this mother."

Police were initially called to the scene, in the 400 block of 5th Avenue North, around 8:50 a.m., after a report of an unknown problem.

Police said they believe the mother may be in a vulnerable physical and emotional state and are trying to locate her. The Saskatoon Police Service is appealing to anyone with information to contact the force at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Police said their priority is to provide support to the woman. 

Forensic investigators could be seen blocking off a recycling dumpster with a large blue tarp. The dumpster was eventually hoisted onto a truck and removed from the scene.

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A man who lives in a nearby apartment building said he was among those who discovered the baby Friday morning.

“I saw a little baby, could be a newborn, or next to it. It was just dumped in a bag, a plastic bag or whatever, and it was just lying there. It was frozen already,” he said. “Its a sorry sight to see.”

He said he came across a neighbour and a bottle-picker looking in the dumpster where the infant was found.

I would stress to her that we are here to provide her with support, Edwards said. This likely is an emotional and very physically taxing time for her. Shes obviously in a great deal of distress and the first thing that we want to do is assist her.

"The guy searching for bottles came across the infant, and I helped the other guy take the infant out, it was a baby girl, probably newborn," Jonathon Mercredi said in an interview.

Police did not say whether the baby was a boy or a girl, or how it was found. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is to be done on Tuesday.

After the police were called, Mercredi and the man who helped him remove the baby returned it to the dumpster because they considered it a crime scene.

We would hope that they would be contacting us if they had come across a mom who had recently given birth and didnt have a baby with her.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to learn about the cause of death and when it occurred, Edwards said.

"We want this mother to come forward. We want to assist her in any way we can. Thats the priority," Saskatoon Police Service spokesperson Alyson Edwards said Friday during a news conference. 

Anyone with information about the mother is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Time is of the essence in finding the mother of a baby found dead in a dumpster behind apartment buildings in downtown Saskatoon, police say.

SASKATOON – Friday morning around the time police were taping off the alleyway behind his Saskatoon apartment building, Jonathon Mercredi was inside, smudging.

Police were called to the 400 block of Fifth Avenue North for a report of an unknown problem just before 9 a.m. Friday.

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Police investigators at the scene were focusing some of their investigation on a dumpster in the alley.

Saskatoon Police Service said officers with the major crime and forensic identification sections are in the early stages of their investigation.

Earlier Friday morning, Stan Bergen, the building manager of a nearby condominium complex, was approached by a man asking to use his phone because the man believed he saw a baby in the recycling bin.

I would suggest to her, I would stress to her, that we are here to provide her support, this likely is an emotional and very physically taxing time for her. Shes obviously in a great deal of distress and the first thing that we want to do is assist her in any way we can and hopefully learn more about the circumstances around this babys birth.

“So we went out there and I looked in the dumpster, and there was this little baby,” said Bergen. “I was surprised and didn’t know what to think. I was totally surprised by that.”

Im going to remain hopeful that we are able to locate her. I think that we certainly … we have a very diligent dedicated police service and our investigators will work incredibly hard on this to try and identify and locate this woman. So Im going to remain positive about that, Edwards said.

There is evidence the infant’s birth was recent, and police believe the baby was born at a separate location.

Saskatoon police are now working with the coroner’s office to determine the cause of death.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Police said there is an urgent need to locate the mother of the child. They said she is believed to have given birth recently and may be in a vulnerable physical and emotional state.

“Our priority is to locate her and get her some supports,” said Edwards. “We want this mother to come forward, we want to assist her in any way we can.”