SOUTH EL MONTE ( — An autopsy will be performed on the body of a newborn boy who was found dead in a trash bin Thursday afternoon, officials said Friday.

The body was discovered in the 2600 block of Chico Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Homicide investigators spent several hours at the scene collecting evidence, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the child died of natural causes or if his death was believed to be a homicide.

Officials aren’t commenting on how they came to discover the body, according to CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom.

Under California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law, newborns can be dropped off at spots such as fire stations and hospitals for up to 72 hours after they are born.

Anyone with information on the crime was asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323)890-5500.


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