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Call For Witnesses In Death Of Infant From Five Years Ago Renewed

Stanislaus County Sheriff Deptartment / Flickr

Stanislaus County Sheriff Deptartment / Flickr

Stanislaus County Sheriff's investigators are renewing a call for witnesses in the death of an infant found in the garbage five years ago Thursday.

Detectives believe somebody saw something and are hoping it will lead them to solve the cold case.

The infant boy, perhaps white or Hispanic, was no more than a day old.

A man digging through a trash can at the gas pumps at the Bait Barn in Waterford just east of Modesto made the discovery.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Detective Cory Brown says the store is a busy place along the town’s main street.

“I believe there were other people around, at least passing in and out, during the time the baby was disposed of,” says Brown. 

Brown also says there was surveillance footage, but the view is often blocked by cars.

He says the coroner confirms the baby was not stillborn and had drawn its first breath.

Brown believes the mother lived somewhere nearby.

“I believe it probably would be somebody at least from the county area that passes by there frequently to know that location would be there and available to them,” says Brown.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department or CrimeStoppers if they want to stay anonymous.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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