Newborn baby’s body found at rubbish dump

Full autopsy report still awaited to determine cause of death

The entrance to the Casares facility, which handles rubbish from 11 towns (Photo: EFE)

By Oliver McIntyre

A NEWBORN baby who was found dead last week by a worker at the rubbish tip in Casares was born alive and suffered injuries prior to death, according to the initial post-mortem examination, though the full autopsy report is awaited to determine the cause of death.

The Guardia Civil investigation that was launched after the discovery of the baby at around 6.30pm last Wednesday has been greatly complicated by the fact that the rubbish treatment plant, operated by the Mancomunidad association of town halls, handles some 300 tonnes a day of waste from 11 towns: Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Manilva, Casares, Istán, Benahavís and Ojén.

Initial autopsy results indicated that the newborn, which still had the umbilical cord attached, exhibited multiple injuries, at least some of which were sustained while it was still alive, but it is not clear whether these occurred prior to it being thrown in the rubbish or afterward during collection and hauling.

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