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Dead baby found in trash bin

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The trash bin in which a child's body was found was rolled away. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5) The trash bin in which a child's body was found was rolled away. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
Metro's Crime Scene Investigation unit was on scene of the reported incident. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5) Metro's Crime Scene Investigation unit was on scene of the reported incident. (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
(Stefanie Jay/FOX5) (Stefanie Jay/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Metro police were called to an apartment complex on the city's northwest side Wednesday after a baby's body was discovered in a trash bin Wednesday morning.

The child was reportedly found in the Rancho Mesa Apartments, on Rancho Drive near Cheyenne Avenue.

Police said a maintenance worker found the body just after 8 a.m. Police are now trying to figure out who the baby was and who left him or her in the trash.

While it's too early to tell if the child died before being abandoned, police believe the body was placed in the bin in the last 24 hours.

"We do not know if this is a newborn infant or lived for days, weeks, months," said Metro's Bill Cassell.

Investigators are asking those who live in the community to take a moment to think back to Wednesday morning for information that might help the investigation.

"Stop and think, did (you) see anything suspicious? (Was) there anything that just didn't look right? If you remember something, please call us," said Cassell.

Police said the key to the investigation is identifying the child. That will likely lead them to a suspect.

"I'm saddened, but not shocked," said a resident of the apartment complex. "Nothing shocks me anymore in Las Vegas."

Police want to remind people that under Nevada's Safe Haven law, parents have 30 days to drop off a newborn at a police or fire station without fear of prosecution.

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