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Scunthorpe recycling plant baby body: More tests needed

Bell Waste Control, Scunthorpe
Image caption The man who found the baby's body is said to be "very distressed"

Further tests are to be carried out on a baby found by a worker at a Scunthorpe recycling plant.

Humberside Police confirmed the newborn baby was a boy and said a post-mortem examination failed to identify a cause of death.

The baby was found at Bell Waste Control in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, at about 09:30 BST on Wednesday.

A teenager contacted officers following a plea for the mother to come forward.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: "The teenage mother remains in hospital receiving medical care and police inquiries into the circumstances of what happened are continuing."

The girl is receiving post-natal care at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Police received a call from a girl in a distressed state on Wednesday, reporting she was the mother of the baby found at Bell Waste Control.

The body was discovered by a member of staff as he worked on a section picking off cardboard, wood, paper, metal and other objects for recycling.

He originally mistook the body for a doll or toy.

Steve Kent, general manager of the privately-owned site, said the worker was "very distressed".

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