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Police: Dead newborn found behind a south Phoenix business

September 25, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A baby has been found dead behind a business in south Phoenix, according to police who are trying to determine if the newborn died at the scene.

They said officers responded to a call about an unresponsive child around 1 p.m. Thursday.

An infant boy was found at the scene and wasn’t breathing and Phoenix Fire Department paramedics pronounced the baby dead.

Police said they’re trying to locate and review surveillance footage from the area.

Investigators remain unsure whether the child died at a different location and was later left behind the business.

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