Phoenix police investigating death of newborn found in backpack

May 28, 2021, 9:13 AM | Updated: 9:21 am
phoenix police department yellow tape...
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX – Police are investigating the death of a newborn found in a backpack in Phoenix on Friday morning, authorities said.

Officers located the baby’s body in a brush area near 25th and Peoria avenues after responding to a call around 6:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune of the Phoenix Police Department.

Cause of death has not yet been determined.

“It’s difficult to respond to these type of calls. I can’t make any assumptions on what the parent of the child was going through or why this happened,” Fortune said during a press conference.

“I can only ask that if anybody has information related to anybody who they knew who was pregnant or who just recently gave birth to a child to please call Silent Witness if they don’t see the child or something is just suspicious about that person.”

The number to call with information is 480-WITNESS (948-6377), or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446) for Spanish.

No other information about the case was immediately available.

Under Arizona law, a parent can surrender an unharmed baby up to 72 hours old to a designated safe haven facility, with no questions asked and no repercussions. A newly passed law will extend the period to 30 days starting in July.

Fire stations, hospitals and churches are among the facilities that take part in the safe haven program.

According to the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation website, there have been 40 safe haven surrenders in the state.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Travelers arrive from international flights at Newark Liberty International Airport on Nov. 30, 202...

After 3-day dip, Arizona adds over 3,000 COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Arizona’s daily report of new COVID-19 cases was back over 3,000 on the first day of December after November ended with three days below that mark.
10 hours ago
(Phoenix Fire Department Photo)...

Early-morning fire does heavy damage to Phoenix apartment

Fire destroyed an apartment balcony and displaced five people in Phoenix early Wednesday but no one was injured, first responders said.
10 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@pchd)...
Associated Press

Tucson employees near 100% compliance with COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Tucson officials said 99% of municipal employees had at least been partially vaccinated against COVID-19 before Wednesday's mandate deadline.
10 hours ago
Kyle Rittenhouse listens as jurors are asked questions by the judge during jury selection at the Ke...
Associated Press

ASU student groups want Kyle Rittenhouse barred from taking classes again

Arizona State University students angered that Kyle Rittenhouse had been taking online classes and could enroll again are channeling their outrage into protest.
10 hours ago
(File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Griselda Zetino

Sky Harbor, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport see increased traffic over Thanksgiving holiday

People who flew over the Thanksgiving holiday might’ve noticed more travelers as two Valley airports reported seeing increased passengers.
10 hours ago
(File photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)...
Torrence Dunham

Shooting incident won’t cause Phoenix Union High School District to rethink resource officers

A shooting incident at Cesar Chavez High School on Monday won't result in the Phoenix Union High School District rethinking its decision to remove school resource officers, Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson said.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.

Thyroid issues: Here are the warning signs and what to do

In a 100-person office in the United States, an estimated 12 co-workers, employees and loved ones, will likely develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. That’s because, according to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will experience thyroid issues.
(Facebook Photo/NHTSA)...
Sweet James

Upcoming holiday season is peak time for DUI arrests

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year to be driving. That’s why it’s important to remember to call Sweet James Accident Attorneys if you’re injured or arrested because of a DUI accident.
Phoenix police investigating death of newborn found in backpack