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* Union City Dead Baby Found In Trash Bin At Apartments At 1501 Decoto Road Was A Girl Full-Term

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A baby girl who was found dead in a trash bin on Monday evening appeared to be full-term and had her umbilical cord  still attached, a Union City police lieutenant said today.A man searching for cans and bottles in a Dumpster near the Parkside Apartments at 1501 Decoto Road found the baby around 8:40 p.m. and because he spoke only Spanish, notified another resident to call police.Lt. Kelly Musgrove said police detectives are continuing to investigate how long the baby had been inside the trash bin and are also trying to locate the mother of the child.The baby’s race and age are still unknown and the cause of her death is yet to be determined. An autopsy, scheduled for this morning, was delayed until Wednesday.California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont, called the incident “heartbreaking.””We should never hear about these kinds of tragedies. It breaks my heart hearing about it,” Torrico said.Torrico advocated California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, which gives new mothers the option of dropping off their infant at any hospital or fire station within 72 hours of delivering the child while remaining completely anonymous in the process.Torrico is working on two bills that would extend the 72-hour period to 30 days and which would also raise funds to create awareness about the issue. “Young, poor moms are desperate,” Torrico said. “We’re trying to raise funds to make young women aware of their options to prevent these senseless deaths.”

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