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Police: Teen mother of newborn found dead near trash believed to be in custody

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MOTT HAVEN -

Police say they may have found the mother of the baby boy who was found dead, lying near a pile of trash behind a building in Mott Haven.

According to police, a neighbor was taking out the garbage around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he came across the baby lying on the ground at 514 E. 138th St.

When police arrived at the scene, they say they found the baby naked with the umbilical cord still attached to his body.

According to police, the baby was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he died.

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Police say they believe to have the baby's 14-year-old mother in custody. They are waiting on confirmation from the medical examiner. Police add that the teen has been questioned.

Tenants within the building near where the baby was found say they did not known anyone living there to be pregnant. The son of the building's super says surveillance cameras did not get a look at whoever committed the act because they were not working.

The garbage drop-off area is only accessible from inside the building on East 138th Street, although tenants say the front door is often left open.

People who live in the community have set up a memorial that includes a teddy bear for the baby boy.

New York state has in place the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, which allows babies up to 30 days of age to be anonymously abandoned, but it has to be safely. For example, a baby can he dropped at a police precinct, a firehouse or a hospital - no questions asked.

The investigation is ongoing.

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