A premature newborn child was found overnight Sunday in the trash in the New Holland area, Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
An autopsy was performed Monday on the child and the coroner's office is still working to determine a cause and manner of death.
Diamantoni stressed the autopsy did not determine whether the child was born alive or stillborn.
New Holland police are scheduled to confer at 2 p.m. Tuesday with officials from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. They will discuss at that point whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.
The location where the child was found had not been released as of early Tuesday afternoon.
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The baby was premature when she was born, Diamantoni said. Examination showed the child was between 28 and 30 weeks gestation. A full-term pregnancy is 39 to 40 weeks gestation.
An autopsy was done Monday, but the coroner said all test results from it have not come back.
Cause and manner of the death are pending additional studies, he said.
Deputy Coroner Michael Falcone pronounced the baby dead at the scene but Diamantoni declined to reveal where that was.
New Holland police said Sgt. John Yanarella and Officer Tyler Fritz worked on the incident.
The woman’s family alerted authorities that she was having a psychiatric/emotional issue at 6:44 p.m. Sunday.
At that point, the family did not know about the baby in the trash, Bowers said. The baby was found in trash bag at a home. That bag had not been placed outside for collection, he said.
A source said the home was located along East Jackson Street, which runs south of and parallel to Main Street in New Holland.
Police conducted a criminal death investigation.
The mother was not in police custody Tuesday, Bowers said.
“We’re not concerned about fleeing,” he said.
“Part of our job is to keep the community safe,” he said. “The community is not in danger.”
The mother of the baby is receiving help from the county, the chief said. He declined to describe that help or say where she is receiving the assistance.