(05-19) 07:55 PDT UNION CITY -- An infant found dead in a Dumpster at a Union City apartment complex was a girl with its umbilical cord still attached, police said today.
A recycler rummaging through the trash bin for cans and bottles at the Parkside apartment complex at 1501 Decoto Road discovered the infant in a bag at about 8:40 p.m. Monday and notified a citizen because he spoke only Spanish. The citizen called police.
Investigators were trying to find the baby's mother to determine the circumstances that led to the body being placed in the Dumpster. Officers contacted two women at the apartment complex who were pregnant and confirmed that they had not yet given birth, said Union City police Lt. Kelly Musgrove.
Officers plan to contact officials at nearby James Logan High School to see if any student had been expecting a child, Musgrove said.
California's Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which went into effect in January 2001, allows people to leave unwanted newborns 3 days old or younger at hospitals and fire stations.
Health officials have adopted the slogan, "No shame, no blame, no names," for the program in California.
A total of 251 newborns were safely surrendered in California from 2001 to June 2008, while another 149 infants were found alive after being illegally abandoned, authorities said.
In January 2006, a transient scrounging for food found a dead baby outside a Newark fast-food restaurant.
Anyone with information in the Union City case is asked to call police at (510) 471-1365.
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