HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — A fetus has been found dead next to a dumpster located behind a laundromat in Hawthorne, police said Friday.

Around 7:45 a.m., officers were sent to the 5000 block of El Segundo Boulevard for report of a baby in a dumpster, according to the Hawthorne Police Department.

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Upon their arrival, paramedics pronounced the 15 to 18-week-old fetus dead at the scene.

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At this time, the gender of the victim remains unclear.

Authorities did not clarify where the baby was born.

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Further information was not immediately available.