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Police investigate death of newborn located in woods

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By Michael Henrich

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 28, 2014) -- A hiker discovered an infant girl abandoned in a wooded area on the northwest side of Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, police said.

The newborn was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police said the baby was found about 30 yards away from a parking lot on the outskirts of Eagle Creek Park, near the 8200 block of Wilson Road.

Homicide detectives released a picture of the blue sweatshirt in which the baby was found.  It has a logo that says "Aviation Maintenance Vincennes University-Indianapolis."

Anyone who recognizes the sweatshirt or has any information regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident is asked to contact detectives at 317-327-3475.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).  Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637(CRIMES).

In addition, the IMPD would like to remind the public about Indiana's Safe Haven Infant Protection Act.

The law enables a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously without fear of arrest or prosecution.  IMPD said a parent, family member, friend, minister or priest, social worker or any responsible adult may give up custody of a baby less than 30 days old to a hospital emergency room, fire station or police station in Indiana.

For more information regarding the Indiana Safe Haven Infant Protection Act, visit here.