Sunday 17 December 2017

Video: Dead six-month-old baby found in recycling plant - teenager comes forward

Alistair Keely

A TEENAGER has contacted police to say she is the mother of a baby boy found dead in waste being sorted at a recycling plant.

Officers received a telephone call yesterday from a girl who was in a distressed state, reporting that she was the mother of the baby found at Bell Waste Control in Scunthorpe.

The teenager was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital where she has been admitted for post-natal care, a spokeswoman for Humberside Police said.

The body of a baby found in waste being sorted at a recycling plant probably came in with a dump of commercial rubbish, the plant manager said.

The traumatised worker who found it originally mistook it for a doll or cuddly toy, but on realising it was a child dropped it instantly, the boss said.

The infant, thought to be a six-month boy, was spotted on the picking station at the Bell Waste Control site in North Lincolnshire.

Recycling plant manager Steve Kent said the worker who found the dead baby was upset and had been sent home.

He told ITV news that a colleague reported that a baby's body had been located on the picking station and they immediately stopped the machines and called the police.

"The guys have obviously stopped the plant and we have notified the police immediately," he said.

"He was quite distressed and he immediately dropped it. We stopped the plant and went through the process with the police.

"He originally thought it was a doll or a cuddly toy or something like that. He's just picked it up and it was revealed what it was."

Mr Kent said the worker, who had been stationed on a section picking off cardboard, wood, paper, metal and other objects for recycling, spent most of the day with the police but had since been sent home.

He branded it "disgusting" that something like this could happen, describing the mood at the plant as "sombre".

The baby would probably have come in with a load of commercial waste, which is collected from factories and offices, he said, adding: "How somebody can discard a baby in that manner is just ridiculous, it's disgusting."

The waste would have come into the plant in the last two or three days and could have come from a large area, including the towns of Doncaster, Grimsby and Scunthorpe, the manager said.

A Humberside Police spokesman said: "Very little is known in terms of the circumstances which led to the baby seemingly being discarded but we are concerned that the baby's parents, in particular his mother, may need help and support following the loss of her child and as such she may be very vulnerable at this time.

"We are urging anyone who can help identify the parents of this baby or the parents themselves to come forward in order for us to make sure they get any support or medical treatment that may be required."

Police hope a post mortem examination will provide more clues as to how the baby died.

Detective Sergeant Karen Philpott said the recycling site had been secured and numerous officers were working on the investigation.

She added: "I would urge anybody out there, any members of her family, who know her identity to contact us at the family protection team."

There was a police presence at the site today with a number of police vehicles and officers visible on the premises. Blue police tape could be seen stretched across the largest of the buildings.

Nessa Thompson, managing director of the neighbouring Thompson Recycling Group, also on Winterton Road, told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "For the people who found it, it is terrible.

"We are very close knit and we heard what had happened through the drivers.

"It is absolutely appalling. I cannot think of anything worse."

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