Newborn's body found in trash truck

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The body of a full-term newborn baby was discovered in the back of trash truck on Tuesday afternoon.

Sanitation workers were dumping trash in the back of the truck when they found the body just before lunchtime.

Police said the driver called police about 11:30 a.m. after finding the body. He was in the 7200 block of Central Avenue at the time, but police have not confirmed the exact area where the baby may have been picked up, according to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

"The officer came and knocked on my door. I thought something was wrong. He asked me if I knew anybody who was pregnant, anything suspicious, anybody looking in a trash can. I said no. The cop said the baby was born and dumped in the trash can and the umbilical cord was still attached," said Terrikua Scott, neighbor.

Police canvassed an area off of Central Avenue near Skidaway Drive. They don't know the sex of race of the baby, but the body has been sent off for an autopsy.

"This is just ridiculous. The baby didn't even get a life. I have kids of my own so I don't understand how a mother could do this. She's not a mother," said neighbor, Patricka Belton.

SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives are asking the public's help in identifying the mother. Those who have information are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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