Scunthorpe Recycling Plant Baby Update

4 May 2012, 10:25

Police say a post mortem carried out on a baby body found at Bell Waste Control in Scunthorpe has confirmed that it was a newborn baby boy.

The body was discovered by a member of staff at Bell Waste Control on Wednesday.

 Humberside Police said a post-mortem examination confirmed the infant was a newborn boy.

 The cause of his death is yet to be established and further tests will be carried out, police said. 

The teenage mother of the baby contacted police in a distressed state on Wednesday and is receiving medical care at Scunthorpe General Hospital. 

Police are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances of the baby's death. 

The body was found by a traumatised member of staff as he worked on a section picking off cardboard, wood, paper, metal and other objects for recycling.

 He originally mistook it for a doll or cuddly toy, but on realising it was a child dropped it instantly.

 A statement from Humberside Police said: "A post-mortem examination of the baby found at Bell Waste Control in Scunthorpe on Wednesday May 2 has confirmed that it was a newborn baby boy. 

"However, the cause of death is yet to be established as the results came back inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out."