Baby girl found dead in Calgary parking lot was born alive, police say

Calgary police say a dead baby girl found in a Bowness parking lot was alive at some point prior to being found by a security guard on Christmas Eve.

Autopsy results were inconclusive and it's not known whether the child was abandoned alive

Calgary police on newborn's body found Christmas Eve in Bowness 8:10

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.

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. 

Calgary police were called to a parking lot near the Bownesian Grocer at Bowness Road and 79th Street N.W. at approximately 11:30 p.m. MT on Dec. 24. They found a deceased newborn and want to talk with the mother as she could be in medical distress. (David Bell/CBC)

No tips

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.