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Body of deceased newborn found at Chicago Ridge recycle center

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The remains of a young child, believed to be an infant, were found early Wednesday in a recycling facility in south suburban Chicago Ridge.

The child's remains were discovered in a recycling center in the 10100 block of Anderson Avenue in Chicago Ridge, according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The discovery came about 3:45 a.m., near the end of a shift at Resource Management Companies, a facility that operates around the clock, company President Calvin Tigchelaar said.

Once the body was discovered, "everything comes to a stop, the authorities come in and it then becomes a crime scene," Tigchelaar said. Police were at the facility processing the scene and investigating for about five to six hours, he said.

The remains appeared to be that of an infant, but the age could not immediately be determined, according to the medical examiner's office. No additional information on the child was being released Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe the truck that brought the child's body to the plant may have originated in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin, according to Tigchelaar.

The company employees "handled it quite well," he said. "Everybody initially was very distraught."

Because the discovery came near the end of a shift, "we'll see" how those employees are doing "when they come back later this evening," he said.

The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation took the occasion to remind the public of the Safe Haven law, which allows any desperate parent to hand their unharmed baby, 30 days old or younger, to staff at a hospital, fire or police station with no questions asked.

Chicago Ridge police did not immediately return a call for comment.

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