Body of newborn baby found in trash bin at Arizona Amazon facility
Authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, are investigating after a deceased newborn was found in a trash bin at the city's Amazon distribution facility.
Officials with the Phoenix Police Department responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday night about the body of a newborn baby girl found in the building's women's restroom, according to KTVK. First responders said the infant was beyond resuscitation by the time they arrived. It remains unclear if the baby was stillborn, ABC News reports.
Police revealed on Thursday morning that the baby's mother had been located and said is cooperating with investigators, but did not reveal her identity.
Amazon spokeswoman Lauren Lynch released a statement following the heartbreaking discovery.
"This is is a terribly sad and tragic incident," she said. "We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority."
Arizona's Safe Haven Law was enacted in 2001 to prevent panicked parents from abandoning their newborns.
"A distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for their infant can give up custody of their baby, no questions asked," the Safe Haven website reads.
Under the law, anyone can surrender their baby, up to three days old, with an on-duty duty staff member at any hospital, emergency medical service provider, fire station or with any licensed private child welfare agency, licensed adoption agency or any church in Arizona without fear of legal action.