Donations to fund burial for baby found in Roseville

Ursula Watson and Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Clinton Township

— Donations to provide a proper burial for the body of a newborn boy found at a recycling center earlier this month continue to pour in from around Macomb County.

Kaul Furneral Home in Roseville will donate their services and provide a casket for the infant, said manager Timothy McGillen.

Since the investigation is ongoing, McGillen said he is uncertain as to when the service would be held.

The baby also has an unofficial name: Henry Alexander Macomb, said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. Workers at the Macomb County Medical Examiner's Office named the boy after the county's namesake, Gen. Alexander Macomb, Berlin said.

"They thought he looked like a Henry," Berlin said. "He deserves a name. He deserves to be more than a number."

On Friday, Clinton Township supervisor Robert Cannon announced that Rizzo Environmental Services and the Clinton Township Firefighters Association Local 11381 will purchase a headstone.

The newborn will be buried in Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.

Workers at the ReCommunity Recycling center in Roseville were sorting items Jan.14 when a bundle containing the body of the newborn— estimated to be 1 to 3 days old — came down the sorting line.

According to Berlin, the police department has been receiving tips from the general public about the case.

"It is unknown at this time how credible these tips may be, but each of them will be investigated to its logical conclusion," Berlin said.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Roseville Police Department at (586) 447-4483.

(313) 222-2613

Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.