Teenager comes forward over baby found at Scunthorpe recycling plant

Police at the scene after a body of the baby was found
Police at the scene after a body of the baby was found
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A TEENAGER has contacted police to say she is the mother of a baby boy found dead in waste being sorted at a recycling plant in Scunthorpe.

Officers received a telephone call from a girl who was in a distressed state, reporting that she was the mother of the baby found at Bell Waste Control.

The teenager was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital where she has been admitted for post-natal care, a spokeswoman for Humberside Police said.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “Whilst it is not yet clear exactly what the circumstances of this incident are, it is believed that the baby was newborn.

“The teenage girl is now receiving the necessary care she requires and further inquiries into the circumstances of what happened will be made in due course, including a post-mortem examination of the baby.”

The body was discovered by a member of staff as he worked on a section picking off cardboard, wood, paper, metal and other objects for recycling.

He originally mistook it for a doll or cuddly toy, but on realising it was a child dropped it instantly.

Recycling plant manager Steve Kent said the baby could have been discarded in a load of commercial waste, possibly from a factory or office.

He told ITV News that a colleague reported that a baby’s body had been located on the picking station and they immediately stopped the machines and called the police.

Nessa Thompson, managing director of the neighbouring Thompson Recycling Group, also on Winterton Road, said: “For the people who found it, it is terrible.”