Upper Darby

Body of Newborn Baby Found in Trash Bag in Upper Darby

The child’s body was discovered Thursday on 69th and Patterson streets.

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An investigation is underway after the body of a newborn baby was found in a trash bag in Upper Darby. 

A passerby discovered the child's body in the bag around 4 p.m. Thursday on a sidewalk on 69th and Patterson streets.

"What's going through your mind and your heart when you know what's happened? I'm disgusted because I'm a mother. I'm a mother of five," Jessica Staten, a witness, told NBC10. "So to see anything like that or hear it, it disgusts me."

Police haven't revealed how long they believe the child was on the sidewalk nor the sex of the baby.

"The investigation is still ongoing," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said. "We're gathering, speaking to witnesses, looking for video. That's where we are right now."

Under Pennsylvania's Safe Haven Law, those who are unable to care for a baby may bring their newborn, up to 28 days old, to any Pennsylvania hospital or to a police officer at a police station and drop the child off, no questions asked.

"Nothing like that should ever happen," Staten told NBC10. "That's a child. Kids are supposed to be protected. Not thrown in the street like they're trash. It's awful."

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