Death of a newborn probed as a homicide

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Aberdeen -- A woman walking her dog Friday evening in Ocean Shores discovered the body of a newborn on a vacant, wooded lot south of the Ocean Shores Airport.

Ocean Shores Police are investigating the death as a homicide, with assistance from Hoquiam police and the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office. It appeared that the child was not more than 24 hours old, said Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers.

Myers said the woman noticed a rag hanging on a branch, looked closer and discovered the child.

"She saw the body curled up in a fetal position," Myers said.

Ocean Shores paramedics came, but the child was already dead.

Myers said the child was Caucasian, and there were signs of trauma to the body, but gave no other details about the child. An autopsy was under way and police were searching the property Saturday, after wind and rain prevented an examination of the area Friday night. The landowner lives out of town and there are no homes on nearby lots.

The birth likely did not occur where the body was found or in a medical setting, Myers said. And the mother may need medical attention, he said.