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January 02, 2019

Teen arrested, charged after newborn is found in North Philly dumpster

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Police lights arrests crime Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

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UPDATED 1/2 11:51 p.m.

The suspect has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, 6ABC reported. In a news conference on Wednesday, police said more charges are possible as the investigation continues. 


A 15-year-old girl was arrested following the alleged discovery of her newborn son in a North Philadelphia dumpster on Monday night.

6ABC reported that Philadelphia police were contacted on New Year's Eve by a woman who said there was baby in a dumpster at 22nd and Lehigh streets. 

The woman allegedly told police the child had been placed there by her daughter's friend. CBS3 reported another family member attempted to save the baby, but by the time that person arrived at the scene, it was too late.

Police said the suspect and her mother were later found in their North Philadelphia home, where police believe the teen had given birth. The girl was taken to the Special Victims Unit, where she was given precautionary medical treatment. 

The newborn was taken to Temple University Hospital and was later pronounced dead, 6ABC reported.

Detectives are now investigating the incident. 


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