M.E.: Newborn found in Chicago Ridge could have survived
Although he wasn’t carried to full-term, the newborn boy found dead Wednesday in a soft cooler at a recycling center in Chicago Ridge could have survived if he had been given proper medical attention, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled Thursday.
An autopsy was inconclusive, pending a toxicology report, but the medical examiner’s office determined the baby was viable if he had gotten medical care, according to a news release from the Chicago Ridge Police Department.
The baby, who remains unidentified, had been born within the previous seven days, the medical examiner’s office said.
The cooler, a towel that was wrapped around the body, and DNA samples have been sent to the Illinois State Police lab for analysis, the news release said.
Chicago Ridge police investigators have determined that items for recycling were collected in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Pleasant Prairie, Wis., before being first taken to Kenosha, Wis., where they were put on another truck destined for the Chicago Ridge plant.
A worker at Resource Management Cos., 10111 Anderson Ave., was sorting through recyclable items and went to move the cooler, but noticed it was heavier than it should be, opened the cooler and found the remains about 4 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chicago Ridge police at (708) 425-7831.