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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Body of infant found in Milford

MILFORD

A neighborhood of well-kept homes was shocked yesterday after two trash collectors made a gruesome discovery as they were about to compact a load -- the body of an infant that appeared to have tumbled out of a split bag.

A trash collector had tossed bags from about 10 houses on Purchase Street into the back of the truck and was about to activate the compactor when he spotted the body about 11:30 a.m., according to Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin.

"It's awful, just plain awful," said O'Loughlin.

Police did not know the cause of death, said O'Loughlin, who said the infant was Caucasian. He did not know the child's gender.

"If the baby was stillborn, we want to make sure the mother gets help," O'Loughlin said.

The body was taken to the Boston Medical Examiner's office, and an autopsy is expected to be performed today, State Police Lieutenant Richard McKeon says in a Globe story today.

-- Connie Paige and Kathy McCabe

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