Baby girl found dead in Calgary parking lot was born alive, police say
Autopsy results were inconclusive and it's not known whether the child was abandoned alive
A baby girl found dead by a security guard in a Bowness parking lot was alive at some point prior to being found Christmas Eve, Calgary police say.
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Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta, however, said an autopsy did not pinpoint a cause of death. It's unknown if the baby was alive at the time she was abandoned between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
He described the baby as having a light complexion and dark hair.
"We are very concerned about the mother's physical and mental state as well," he said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Evidence at the scene, located in northwest Calgary, indicates the mother is in need of medical help.
The baby was found by a local resident, but Schiavetta would not comment on exactly how and where she was found beyond saying she was in a parking lot near the intersection of Bowness Road and 79th Street N.W.
Earlier, police said the baby was found by a security guard, abandoned in a dumpster.
Schiavetta said approximately 48 hours after the incident police have not received a single tip from the public, something he describes as unusual.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.