INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police said a newborn was found dead in some woods on the outskirts of Eagle Creek Park this afternoon.
According to IMPD, a caller told officers a female infant was found wrapped inside a blue sweatshirt in the 8200 block of Wilson Road. The caller had been hiking in the woods in the outskirts of the park.
When officers arrived, they found the baby in the woods, about 30 yards from the park’s parking area. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives believe the baby may have been born about a day ago. An IMPD official said the baby looked like she had been born at the scene.
The blue sweatshirt the infant was wrapped in has a “Aviation Maintenance Vincennes University-Indianapolis” logo.
Anyone with any information regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident is asked to call (317) 327-3475. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637(CRIMES).
IMPD would also like to remind people about Indiana’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act. This law enables a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution. A parent, family member, friend, minister or priest, social worker or any responsible adult may give up custody of a baby less than 30 days old to a hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana.