BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A newborn baby was discovered dead in an Oildale trash can early Friday morning.
"I don't know, it's really shocking because I don't know anybody who would ever do that to a baby and it doesn't even know anything about life and it's just thrown away," said one neighbor.
A man moving his trash can from the curb on the 500 block of Beardsley Ave. found the baby around 6:11 a.m., according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
"I couldn't believe it, just like if you don't want the kid there are several places to take a kid. Like fire department right down the street, there's hospitals, and they blatantly tell you [that] if you do not want the kid you can take it in so many days and I hear about this baby sitting in a trash can for literally most of its life [it's] like come on," said another neighbor.
Detectives said the infant appeared full term and no more than several days old. It did not appear the body had been in the dumpster for more than one to two days.
Deputies said they are not releasing the gender of the baby as the case is still under investigation. The identity is currently unknown. An examination is scheduled to determine cause and manner of death on June 24.
"Anytime you have a situation like this where you have a newborn or infant that's deceased, we take those cases seriously, as does this community," said the Sheriff's Office public information officer, Ray Pruitt.
Pruitt said the KCSO is asking for the public's assistance if anybody has any information on this case, they are asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 661-861-3110 or call Secret Witness at 661-322-4040 or send an anonymous text tip to 847411.
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