Body of newborn found at recycling center, ‘probably collected from bin’

The recycling center in Waterbeach where the body of a newborn baby was discovered.

The body was discovered on November 29 at a site in the village of Waterbeach, Cambridge (Image: Bav Media)

The body of a newborn boy discovered at a recycling center was likely collected from household trash, detectives say.

The child, christened Gabriel by medical staff, was found on November 29 at a site in the village of Waterbeach, Cambridge.

Officials have since investigated and believe the baby ended up there by staff emptying local blue bins.

The recycling center includes Peterborough and surrounding villages, March, Whittlesey, Melbourne and roads off Mill Road in Cambridge.

A post-mortem was performed but did not provide conclusive results on how Gabriel died.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Massey said: “We are still investigating this tragic incident and are trying to locate the baby’s mother in order to provide her with all the support she needs.

“It is important to note that we have now received the little boy’s DNA so that we can compare it to any name that has been proposed for a parent.

“We are particularly touched by the gesture of the medical staff calling him Gabriel given the start of the Advent season as we work together to try to identify him and his family.

“We are still open to what happened and are exploring all possible avenues, but if anyone has any information we would urge them to contact us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

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