Saskatoon police searching for mother of dead infant found in recycling bin

Saskatoon police were seen blocking off a dumpster in the 400 block of 5th Avenue North on November. 8 2019. Photo:

Saskatoon police concerned for mothers well being 

Police continue to search for the mother of a baby found dead inside a dumpster in downtown Saskatoon.

According to a media release, at approximately 8:50 a.m., on November 8, police were called to a report of an unknown problem in the 400 block of 5th Avenue North.

Upon arrival, officers located the body of a deceased infant in an alley, inside of a recycling bin.

The circumstances leading up to the infant’s death are still under investigation.

There is evidence of a recent birth, however it is believed the birth occurred at another location.

Police are concerned the mother may be in a vulnerable physical and emotional state.

Saskatoon police are working with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service to determine the infant’s cause of death.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

While police have not publicly confirmed the baby’s gender, a man who said he was among those who found the child’s body told CTV News he believed it was a baby girl.

Investigators are continuing to gather evidence and conduct interviews in an effort to identify and locate the mother of the infant.

The Saskatoon Police Service is appealing to anyone with information to call 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Further information will be released when it becomes available.