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Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

New York: Devon Davis discovers decomposing baby boy in trash can, police searching for clues

A decomposing baby boy was found wrapped in a yellow plastic bag and placed in a park trash can in Queens, New York. Devon Davis discovered the boy while walking around the park, noticing the rancid smell.

“I thought it was just like garbage or animals being run over,” Davis said.

One of his friends then called him over to the trash can of Dutch Kills Playground, near Public School 112 in Astoria.

“When she called me over, she told me there was a baby in a trash can, like wrapped in a bag. I didn’t know if he was dead or alive,” Davis said.

Detectives spent most of Saturday investigating the boy’s death, searching for clues. They now claim the baby is said to have been in the trash can for days. Law enforcement said that the newborn had no real signs of trauma.

According to the New York Daily News, the boy’s umbilical cord was still attached.

“It’s just really messed up, and really foul. It’s just something I really didn’t want to see. Having to see kids like that and seeing babies left like that. It’s just wrong,” Davis told ABC 7. 

There are signs currently posted surrounding the playground offering a $2,500 reward for information.

People in the neighborhood have also been leaving flowers near the trash can.

No arrests have been made, and the medical examiner is currently determining the cause of death.

Crime Scene Tape photo/edited pic from FBI.gov

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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