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No Arrests in Baby Dumping Case

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Baby-Up0002Thursday, 27 July 2017 Belize City Police are still trying to find out the identity of the parents of a baby which was dumped into the canal separating the East and West Canal streets. The nation looked on in horror and dismay when it was learned that the authorities retrieved the baby’s body from a bag after it was fished out of the canal itself.   The baby’s body was found on Thursday morning, July 20, at around 8:30 a.m., by a City Council employee whose job it is to clean the canal. He told the press that he was already making his rounds when he removed a first bag of garbage. He said that he spotted a second bag, and when he picked it up, it felt a little heavy. He thought that someone had thrown away a dead dog, but when he opened the bag, he realized that it was a new-born baby.   The baby was discarded inside the canal, his tiny body placed in that bag and thrown away as though the new-born had no human dignity. The authorities were quickly called in, and about a half hour or so later, the baby’s body was picked up from the scene. His body was taken to the morgue, and on Friday, a day later, a doctor performed a post-mortem examination. The doctor found that the baby died from acute respiratory distress syndrome. The experts have not given any insight as to what caused this fatal condition, but internet research suggests that it occurs in premature babies. Their lungs haven’t fully developed to be able to support breathing without the help of any types of machines, and these neonates unfortunately die as a result.   Reports to the press are that this baby was premature, and was delivered at home at 7 months-old. The suspected mother, her sister and a man have all be detained and questioned by police to conclusively determine who the parents are. Information is that all 3 detained persons were not cooperating with Police, and so, they have been released from custody.   Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Branch at Precinct 2 told the press, “"We have persons of interest, we have spoken to the persons of interest and we have interviewed and subsequently released them, but like I said the investigation is ongoing.”       The cops believe that there are criminal charges that they can bring against persons, but they say that they await test results which will assist in identifying the mother, and the advice of the DPP to proceed.
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