UPDATE: Newborn found dead in back of trash truck in Tickfaw was likely stillborn

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UPDATE: (courtesy of WDSU)

A dead baby found in the back of a trash truck in Tickfaw was likely a stillborn, officials said.

The discovery was reported around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, investigators with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Thursday detectives are looking for the mother of the baby to make sure she’s safe and doesn’t need additional medical attention.

Edwards said the coroner’s office in Jefferson Parish determined the baby was stillborn before it somehow got into the trash truck. Investigators said a waste management worker found the baby as he was performing his regular job duties.

Deputies are still canvassing the neighborhood looking for anyone who might have information, Edwards said. He said the circumstances surrounding the baby being found in the trash truck have not been determined.

Edwards also wanted to remind the public about the Safe Haven laws in Louisiana, which allow mothers to drop of newborns at designated public safety areas without the fear of being charged.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.


A waste management worker discovered the lifeless body of an infant while performing his job duties late Tuesday morning.

According to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s, the newborn was found around 11:30 a.m. in the back of a waste management truck.

We’re told coroners pronounced the infant dead at the scene.

Investigators are now working to determine the circumstances surrounding this tragic disposal.

Anyone with information regarding this harrowing misfortune is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245. 

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