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Newborn infant found dead in O.C. dumpster might have been born nearby, authorities say

December 24, 2009 |  6:43 am

The Orange County Sheriff's Department this morning was asking for the public's help as they searched for suspects after an newborn infant's body was found behind a Mexican restaurant in Stanton on Wednesday night.

The body was discovered in a trash bin behind the Sombrero restaurant around 7 at Katella Avenue and Knott Street.

The restaurant is near a busy shopping center, so officials hope there might be witnesses.

The race and gender of the infant were not immediately released. An autopsy was pending.

Sheriff's officials were trying to determine whether the baby might have been born in the area -- perhaps even in a public restroom nearby, according to KTLA News.

Anaheim police were also investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to call (866) 847-6273.

 -- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Crime scene tape and coroner's gloves litter the area around a dumpster where police recovered the body of a newborn baby. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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