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Baby found dead in Bakersfield trash can

Posted: June 21, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2013 2:00 p.m.
 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Kern County man made a grisly discovery while retrieving his trash can from the curb: there was a dead, naked newborn baby inside that appeared to have suffered a head wound.

Fifty-three-year-old Reggie Groves said he made the discovery on Friday morning outside his Bakersfield home.

Groves told the Bakersfield Californian (http://bit.ly/15qEJiz) that the baby still had an umbilical cord attached. The newspaper reported that he began crying during the interview and went back into his house.

The Sheriff's Office did not release the gender of the baby, but said it was just days old.

Under state law, a baby can be surrendered at any hospital emergency room or fire station within 72 hours of the child's birth with no consequences.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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