Body of Dead Newborn Baby Found on Conveyor Belt of Recycling Plant

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Apr 24, 2015   |   1:38PM   |   Camden, NJ

In New Jersey, an employee at a recycling plant discovered a dead baby on a conveyer belt. According to ABC News, the baby was found at the end of the plant’s first shift as workers pored over all the recyclables from that day.

Here’s more:

The employee at ReCommunity Camden made the discovery at around 3 p.m., the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.

ReCommunity Camden is a recycling center on the 2200 block of Mount Ephraim Ave. in Camden. Officers from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Camden County Police Department were on the scene investigating on Thursday.

The cause and manner of death are unknown, and investigators were unable to determine the gender. Channel 3 in Philadelphia and other media outlets filmed the exterior area of the plant following the discovery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Edwin Berwick at 856-225-8694 or Camden County Police Detective Saul Cintron at 856-757-7420. Information may also be emailed to [email protected]

As LifeNews previously reported, earlier this month two teenager brothers found a newborn baby girl abandoned and left to die in the trash at their apartment complex. Austin Detray was walking with his younger brother when they heard a small noise coming from a nearby dumpster. Thankfully, unlike the New Jersey incident, this baby did survive.

Austin said, “I heard it and I instantly knew it was a baby and she was crying, so I jumped in the garbage can, or the dumpster, and I started moving bags away. I got two or three bags down and saw the baby’s face pressed against the bag. I heard it and I instantly knew it was a baby and she was crying.”

Then Austin told his younger brother to run upstairs to get his mother for help because the girl was still alive and suffocating. His mother, Jessica Detray, told Fox8 News, “So…what I did was….got towels and took care of her. I named her. I named her Hope. Because I have hope for her and I pray, and if anything comes from this I want to make sure she is okay.”

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Jessica was able to remove the umbilical cord from around the child’s neck and clear her mouth and nasal passage ways to get her breathing again. Thankfully, the baby is in stable condition at a local hospital and weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Incidents like these are completely avoidable because of Safe Haven laws, which allow individuals to give up unwanted infants safely, legally and anonymously. Locations that are considered safe are police stations, hospitals, firehouses and rescue squads. These statutes were designed to protect innocent infants from abandonment while simultaneously protecting the lives of their mothers. Unfortunately, many babies are still unsafely abandoned because women do not realize they have another option.


The first safe-haven law was enacted in Texas in 1999 and now all 50 states in the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia, have passed safe-haven legislation. According to the National Safe Haven Alliance, these laws have saved over 1,000 infants in the past decade.