By Ben Aguirre Jr.
UNION CITY — The body of an newborn was found inside a dumpster at an apartment complex late Monday by a person who was digging through the trash for recyclables, Lt. Ben Horner said.
The body was discovered about 8:40 p.m. at the Parkside Apartments on Decoto Road, and a citizen immediaterly called police. When officers arrived, they could see that there was a dead baby in the trash, but they were not immediately able to tell if it was a boy or a girl, Horner said.
“It was not in a position where we could tell its gender,” the lieutenant said.
By 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, authorities were still at the complex waiting for the coroner to arrive and remove the body.
The deceased newborn is the second dead baby found in a trash can in the Tri-City Area in the last three years.
In January 2006, a boy less than five days old was discovered dead inside a trash can outside a Jack In The Box restaurant in Newark.
Horner said he cannot recall another case in Union City where a dead baby was found in the garbage.
“I’ve worked here for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said, speaking about the type of case. He aknowledged that he personally did not see the baby.