Police: Dead baby found at Portland recycling center

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PORTLAND — Police say the body of a newborn girl has been found in a north Portland recycling center.

Detective Kristina Coffey said in a statement that the body was found Tuesday at EFI Recycling.

Forensic pathologist Larry Lewman of the state medical examiner’s office reports that the baby was nearly full-term and was alive and breathing at birth. He says there was no obvious trauma. Lewman says the umbilical cord was cut or torn but largely intact. The medical examiner’s office says the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

EFI Recycling president and CEO Scott Jenkins says an employee found the body on the commercial sorting line. The business was temporarily shut down as detectives investigated.