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Police: Mother says she delivered stillborn baby, put body in trash

Bel Air police are releasing few details about a woman who said she delivered a stillborn baby at a home in the town and then threw the body away.

The unidentified woman contacted police Tuesday to say she had wrapped the infant's body in a plastic bag and placed it in a trash bin just outside the downtown area of the Harford County seat. Police escorted the woman to the 900 block of Sablewood Road, where she pointed out the exact location of the refuse container.

Harford County Sheriff's Department deputies assisted the town police at the scene and recovered the body at about 6 p.m.

The woman was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment. Investigators expect to conduct additional interviews in what they said is "an active, ongoing investigation."

The baby's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy will determine the cause of death.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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