Mother arrested after dead baby found at recycling site

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Roseville — A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in the death and abandonment of her newborn baby found earlier this month in a recycling center, Chief James Berlin said Monday.

The woman had been pregnant and acquaintances were suspicious about her explanation for the absence of a baby, Berlin said.

The baby boy — estimated to be 1-3 days old — was discovered Jan. 14 by workers sorting items at the ReCommunity Recycling Depot on the 30600 block of Groesbeck.

According to the police, the infant’s body showed no obvious signs of trauma and still had the umbilical cord attached, meaning the baby may have been discarded shortly after birth.

Donations to provide a proper burial have poured in from around Macomb County.

Kaul Funeral Home in Roseville will donate its services and provide a casket for the infant, manager Timothy McGillen said earlier this month.

McGillen said he is uncertain when the service would be held.

The baby also has an unofficial name: Henry Alexander Macomb, Berlin said earlier this month. 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,” he said. “He deserves a name. He deserves to be more than a number.”

Clinton Township supervisor Robert Cannon announced earlier this month that Rizzo Environmental Services and the Clinton Township Fire Fighters Association Local 11381 will buy a headstone for the boy.

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

Shortly after the depot announced the discovery of the body, it was contacted by the Meridian Police Department, which was working to locate a missing baby in Ingham County. But DNA tests determined it was not the same missing boy.

Anybody with information is asked to call the Roseville Police at (586) 447-4483 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-2587.

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