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Baby Found In Trash Can At St. Mary’s College

March 1, 1986

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ An infant whose body was found in the trash at a women’s college dormitory probably was stillborn, the coroner said Saturday.

A cleaning woman found the baby wrapped in a plastic bag in a dormitory bathroom at St. Mary’s College on Friday morning, about six hours after birth, police said.

″The mother of the child is in a state of shock and couldn’t give us much information, so we’re going by autopsy information,″ said St. Joseph County Coroner Dr. Louis Grwinski. ″She had the baby in a bathroom at school and no one else was there to tell us whether they heard the baby cry.″

The autopsy on the 6 1/2 -pound boy was not conclusive, and more tests were planned, he said.

Grwinski said the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, but that did not appear to have caused the death.

The mother, an 18-year-old freshman at the Roman Catholic women’s school, was hospitalized at Memorial Hospital where she was being treated for hemorrhaging. Hospital officials would not release her condition Saturday.

″She had everybody fooled. Nobody knew she was pregnant,″ Grwinski said. Grwinski and county Prosecutor Michael P. Barnes said they would await the results of the tests before deciding whether to file charges.

″It makes a big difference whether the baby was stillborn or born alive,″ Barnes said.

In Greenville, Pa., officials say they may never know what caused the death of a Thiel College student’s newborn baby, whose body was found in a garbage bag Wednesday in a dormitory closet.

The infant girl apparently was born alive, but officials say they have not determined a cause of death. The infant’s 19-year-old mother later was hospitalized.

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