Sunday, July 27 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:04:36 GMT
Following a bank robbery at a Memphis bank Saturday morning, Memphis police search for a suspectMore >>
Following a bank robbery at a Memphis bank Saturday morning, Memphis police search for a suspect.More >>
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Authorities are investigating after a baby boy was found dead in the back of a garbage truck.
City garbage workers made the discovery about 8:15 a.m. Monday in the 2800 block of Campbell Street, while on their regular pickup route.
Police said they got a call from the garbage crew, after they saw the infant's body in the back of the truck.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office determined that the fetus was 29 to 34 weeks old.
"It is believed that this was a premature home birth," according to Sgt. Barbara Eckert of the Kansas City Police Department. "We are asking for the public's help in finding the mother."
This was not the sanitation crew's first stop of the day, so right now, police say they have no way of knowing where along the route the baby came from.
Danny Rotert, a spokesman for Kansas City, said the route mostly serves the east side of the central core of the city.
The garbage workers were doing curbside pickup at the time of the discovery, but police were unsure if the crews had picked up from any trash bins earlier in their route.
"We have actually called in grief counselors for our workers to help deal with this terrible situation," Rotert said.
Neighbors, too, were saddened by the discovery so close to home.
"It was just an incredibly sad event. I feel for the person who didn't have any resources, or didn't know what the resources were in the community, and this is how they chose to deal with their problem, that they obviously needed help with," neighbor Dia Matthews said. "Obviously, we have an innocent life that has been taken, and I think that somebody needs to be held responsible for it. But I think they obviously need help as well."
And as a reminder about those resources, in both Missouri and Kansas, parents who don't think they can care for a new baby are allowed to leave that baby with an employee at any medical facility or fire department.
In Missouri, one can also leave a child at a law enforcement facility with someone on duty.
In Kansas, the limit for leaving a baby, who has not been abused in any way, and guaranteed without prosecution, is 45 days after the child's birth. However, in Missouri the limit will soon be changing from five to 45 days. And from 45 days to a year, parents can leave the child but may have to go through the court system. However, prosecution is still unlikely.
If you know someone who was pregnant recently and no longer is, police say call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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Monday, July 29 2013 6:13 PM EDT2013-07-29 22:13:07 GMT
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office determined a fetus found at an Independence pump station had speed and marijuana in his system.The fetus was male and was 20 to 21 weeks old, according to theMore >>
The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office determined a fetus found at an Independence pump station had speed and marijuana in his system.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:54:07 GMT
Leaders of Oasis Church say they received more than 1,000 inquiries about the free house, but those interested say it would cost too much to move the structure.More >>
A free house offer fell through for a Pascagoula church. Last month, WLOX reported that Oasis Church wanted to find a good home for an old house. Leaders posted the house on social media and Craigslist. The post went viral, but there were no takers. So this week, the house came crashing down.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:04:58 GMT
The victim of a vicious gang rape is warning other women in the metro area. The victim and her attorney talked about the attack exclusively with WLBT. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity we are protecting,More >>
The victim, whose identity we are protecting, said, "He put the gun to my head and told me to take my clothes off. And that's when I couldn't do nothing. I was just standing there crying. And the other dude came from behind the truck. He put one in my side. And they bent me over in my front seat and they started raping me over and over again." More >>