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No arrests yet in connection with death of newborn found in Astoria playground trash can

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Detectives are still investigating the death of a baby who was found by a passerby in a trash can in Dutch Kills Playground in Astoria on Saturday.

According to police, an Astoria resident walking by the park at about 10:48 a.m. on Feb. 17 noticed an unpleasant smell coming from a green barrel trash can at 36th Avenue and Crescent Street. When the resident looked inside, he found a baby boy inside.

The resident called 911 and the baby was transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s just really messed up, and really foul,” Devon Davis, the man who found the baby, told ABC7. “It’s just something I really didn’t want to see. Having to see kids like that and seeing babies left like that. It’s just wrong.”

According to ABC7, the baby was only a few weeks old. A spokesperson for the NYPD could not confirm the baby’s age.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is still ongoing. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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