A newborn baby was found dead at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis Sunday, Dec. 28. A hiker found the baby girl wrapped in a sweatshirt near a trail in the woods on the far north end of the park around 4:30 p.m. The infant was pronounced dead by EMS when they arrived to the scene. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators scoured the area for evidence.
The baby girl is believed to have been born very recently and could have been just a day old, as the umbilical cord was still attached. It is unknown whether the newborn was alive or not when she was left at the park. She was wrapped in a shirt with the logo for Vincennes University’s Aviation Maintenance program, which is based in Indianapolis.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (317) 262-8477.
Police also want to remind the public of Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, which allows anyone to give up an unwanted infant less than 30 days old anonymously without fear of getting in trouble, by taking it to any hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in the state.