The deceased infant located in an east side creek Sunday is a boy, said homicide detectives the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Detectives also determined the boy is around the age of a newborn. However, they are waiting pathology tests to determine the baby’s race.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Fenwick Avenue at approximately 11:08 a.m. Sunday after a resident in the area discovered the infant’s body in a nearby creek.
The cause and manner of the infant’s death is still being investigating and pending autopsy results.
Investigators said this could have all been prevented due to Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, which allows mothers to give up an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of being arrested or prosecuted. The law allows an adult to give custody of a baby less than 45 days old if the baby is dropped at a hospital emergency room, fire or police station.
Police are searching for the infant’s mother for questioning and due to concerns regarding her physical and emotional health.
Meanwhile, residents in the area are shocked.
“It’s crazy,” said resident Christopher York. “We wouldn’t expect it from our neighborhood, especially a neighborhood like this. It’s very quite.”
If you have any information regarding this case or the identity or whereabouts of the boy’s mother, please contact IMPD at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.