ROCHESTER, Mass. — For the second time this year, a troubling discovery has emerged for workers at a city of Rochester landfill. The prosecutor said the remains of a “newborn baby” were found in a trash collection delivered to the facility.
“Rochester Police received a 911 call around 10:40 a.m. (Thursday) from the Zero Waste Solutions recycling facility in Rochester,” according to a statement from Plymouth County Prosecutor Timothy Cruz’s office. “The caller reported that children’s remains were found in a trash collection that was trucked to the facility for disposal.”
Rochester police said all treatment was stopped when police responded to the scene.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has taken jurisdiction and will determine the cause of death, according to the prosecutor.
“Rochester Police contacted Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Plymouth County Prosecutor’s Office and an investigation was initiated,” according to the prosecutor’s statement.
“I pray for the family and hope there are answers to this question, but it’s terrible,” said Jason Chisholm of Rochester.
The investigation is ongoing. The prosecutor is asking anyone with information to call Trooper David Wohler of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Plymouth County at 508-894-2648.
A similar incident occurred in this same establishment on April 27 when the remains of a little girl were found at the recycling center.
Authorities determined the child had been dead for at least a week and had been dumped in the trash at a facility on Martha’s Vineyard, 47 miles away.
In May, Cape and Islands District Attorney Rob Galibois said authorities were eager to identify the child and his mother.
“We just want to make sure the mother’s well-being is not in jeopardy.” We are looking for the identity and location of the mother, we just want to make sure she is safe,” DA Galibois previously said. “Obviously this is a horrible set of circumstances, we’re all human beings. This concerns us all.
The fact that the bodies of two babies were found in the trash at the same Rochester recycling center is disturbing news to the National Safe Haven Alliance.
The organization offers support to people who feel they cannot keep their newborn.
“It was horrible the first time it happened at that recycling plant, and to see it happen again is really just horrible,” said Noelle Ozimek of the association.
National Shelter Alliance.
To learn more about these options, visit the National Safe Haven Alliance website.
National Safe Haven Alliance HELPLINE: 1.888.510.BABY (2229)
And during the whole process, even if you decide to give up your baby, you can remain anonymous, you don’t need to give your name to get help and support.
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