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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

CBC News Calgary

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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.

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