Police investigate baby's body found in KCMO trash truck as homicide
41 Action News Staff , Garrett Haake
9:15 AM, Jul 29, 2013
6:55 PM, Jul 30, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City police are investigating a dead baby found in a Kansas City, Mo., trash truck.
Police said an ambulance was called to 28th and Campbell at 8:30 a.m. When authorities arrived, there was a baby's body in the back of the trash truck.
Authorities said it was unclear if the baby came from the neighborhood or was dumped there. They are waiting on information about the baby from the medical examiner's office.
Neighbors were upset about the discovery.
"It's terrible for anybody to do a little child like that," neighbor Charles Cook said. "That child doesn't have a chance now. Who knows what that could would've grown up to be."
The investigation is currently centered at the medical examiner's office, where authorities are trying to determine the age, sex and cause of death of the infant.
Between 20 and 25 officers are working on the case, which they are investigating as a homicide.
"He came back and told us they had found a baby in with the trash. And...heartbreaking. Just absolutely heartbreaking. Devastation for all of us, and we don't know who it is or anything about the baby, but it's heartbreaking," Caryn Seaton, who has lived on the block for 35 years, said.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has determined the fetus was a 29-34 week-old male. They are unable to determine the race of the baby, but is believed that it was the result of a premature home birth.