Newborn Baby Found Dead In Bag On Side Of The Road: Police

A newborn baby has been found dead in a bag placed on the side of a Tennessee road, according to police.

The Memphis Police Department (MPD) launched a homicide investigation after the baby's body was found on the 4000 block of Raleigh-LaGrange Road on Sunday, March 6.

An MPD spokesperson said in a Monday Facebook post: "Officers located a deceased newborn, wrapped in a towel, placed in a bag, on the side of the road.

"The baby appeared to be full term. Investigators are asking for anyone with information to please come forward."

According to a 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the 13th leading cause of death among infants.

It added: "Infant homicides occurring within the first 24 hours of life are primarily perpetrated by the mother, who might be of young age, unmarried, have lower educational attainment and is most likely associated with concealment of an unintended pregnancy and non-hospital birthing."

The report stated by 2008 all 50 states and Puerto Rico had introduced Safe Haven Laws in a bid to reduce risks posed by infant abandonment and endangerment.

An MPD spokesperson added no arrests have been made as of late on Monday night. Police are carrying out an investigation into the death.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH. People wanting to report information will be given a secret ID number and their identity will remain anonymous.

Those who want to submit information can also do so at http://www.crimestopmem.org, where people will be able to review wanted fugitives and safely send investigators tips on any suspects.

People can also submit information anonymously for free via an app, by searching the app store for "P3 Tips."

If the police make an arrest using the information provided to them by someone who submitted a tip, they are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County, Inc.

Newsweek has contacted the MPD for comment.

Newsweek has previously reported on tragic cases where newborn children were found dead after being abandoned.

In January, a newborn baby was found dead inside of a duffel bag by a group of Chicago firefighters shoveling snow.

It was unclear how long the baby had been outside before firefighters made the discovery, according to People magazine.

Speaking to the Tribune, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said under the Illinois Safe Haven Law, that the baby's parents could have contacted someone inside the fire station and surrendered the baby without being questioned.

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