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Newborn baby found dead in trash can

November 9, 2010 |  9:04 am

A newborn baby was found dead in a North Hollywood trash can Monday, and the mother has been taken into custody, police said Tuesday.

The infant was found about 7 p.m. in the 4500 block of Simpson Avenue, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The gender of the baby was not released, and an autopsy is pending, Winter said.

The mother of the child was in custody and is being questioned, said Richard French, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

-- Stephen Ceasar