Slaying Possibility Probed in Case of Baby in Trash Bin


Police homicide detectives were looking Monday into the possibility that an infant found dead in an East San Diego trash bin Sunday morning was slain, authorities said.

The body of the nude, white newborn boy was found Sunday just after 9 a.m. by a transient who was sifting through trash behind apartments in the 4000 block of 47th Street, said Detective Grant Raybould.

The newborn, who has yet to be identified, still had its umbilical cord attached, but there were no signs of trauma, said Dan Matticks, deputy coroner. He said it appeared that the newborn was dumped soon after its mother gave birth.


An autopsy Monday revealed no known cause or time of death, Matticks said, adding that further microscopic tests will be conducted to determine how the newborn died.

Police said they have no suspects or witnesses. Residents who live in the apartments near the trash bin said they did not see a body there Saturday when tossing out their trash.