Five years to the day a newborn baby was found dead in a garbage can at a Waterford minimart, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department issued a plea for the public’s help in the investigation.
The night of Dec. 1, 2011, deputies responded to the Bait Barn, 12505 Yosemite Blvd., on a report of an infant found in a garbage can. A man searching for aluminum cans made the discovery next to the gas pumps at about 9:20 p.m.
The full-term baby boy was believed to be 1 day old and was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. Detectives were unable to locate the parents or learn why he was left in the garbage can. They checked with hospitals to see if any had treated a recently pregnant woman.
The Bait Barn is at a key intersection for people traveling through the eastern part of the county or for fishing enthusiasts heading to Don Pedro Reservoir, New Melones Reservoir or Lake McClure.
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In March 2012, the Coroner’s Office reported it could not determine the child’s cause of death. After reviewing toxicology results, pathologists listed the child’s cause of death as undetermined.
Anyone with information about this case can contact Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.
Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Tipsters also can email tips at www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus the message, and be eligible for a cash reward.