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Newborn found dead inside trash bag may have been injected with heroin

2019-08-23

The body of days-old baby was found inside a trash bag in rural New Mexico and police are investigating whether the mother injected the child with heroin. (Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The body of a days-old baby was found inside a trash bag in rural New Mexico and police are investigating whether the mother injected the child with heroin.

The infant’s dad told police last week that he returned to his La Madera home after a trip and noticed that his partner was no longer pregnant, but the woman would not tell him where the child was, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Police said they launched an investigation and learned the mother had been staying at another person’s home in nearby Alcalde, a small community north of Santa Fe.

Officers went to the home on Saturday and found the dead newborn inside a bag, police said in a news release. The cause of the death has not been determined as an autopsy is still pending.

Police said charges may be filed after the autopsy is completed, but they would not release any details in the case.

Lt. Mark Soriano, a public information officer with New Mexico State Police, confirmed to the Daily News that the mother appears to have a heroin addiction. The father told investigators he heard the woman had been injecting the baby with the drug, Soriano said.

The mother, whose name is being withheld because she has not been charged, frequently used heroin while pregnant, according to court records obtained by the Albuquerque Journal. She also repeatedly passed out during an interview with police, the Journal reported.

Soriano said the "tragic incident” has affected the community and all the law enforcement agencies working on the case.

“We are working closely to find the truth of what happened to this child,” he said.