Scunthorpe recycling plant baby body: Teen comes forward
A teenager has contacted police to say she is the mother of a baby boy whose body was found in waste being sorted at a Scunthorpe recycling plant.
Police received a call from a girl in a distressed state on Wednesday, reporting she was the mother of the baby found at Bell Waste Control.
Humberside Police had appealed for the baby's mother to make contact after his body was found on Wednesday morning.
The girl is receiving post-natal care at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
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 which is due to take place later."
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 toy.
Steve Kent, general manager of the privately-owned site, said the man who found the baby's body was "very distressed".