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Cause of death for newborn baby girl found in Saskatoon recycling bin still unknown

A newborn baby girl was found dead inside a recycling bin in Saskatoon on Nov. 8, 2019. Tyler Schroeder / Global News

It may take several months to learn the cause of death after an infant was found inside a recycling bin, according to Saskatoon police.

Officers were called by someone who came across something “suspicious” just before 9 a.m. on Nov. 8. The infant was found in an alley in the 400-block of 5th Avenue North.

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An autopsy was completed on Nov. 12. Police, however, said further testing is required.

The autopsy was unable to conclusively determine the child’s date of birth, a press release said.

Police, however, did confirm the infant was a recently-born girl.

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Sudden death of infant in Saskatoon under police investigation

Investigators with the major crimes section are asking for anyone with video surveillance footage from between 25th and Queen streets and/or 3rd and 6th avenues. Police said they are specifically looking for video taken between Nov. 4 and 8.

The infant was located in a “very distinct” bag and police hope someone recognizes the photo they released, according to the press release.

Saskatoon police have released a stock photo of the bag after an infant was found dead in hopes someone may recognize it. Saskatoon Police Service / Supplied

Police said there is still an urgent need to locate the mother.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Saskatoon police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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