Liverpool, New York-The Liverpool Police Department has released the gender of the newborn found dead in a dumpster Friday night January 7th. Police Chief William Becker told Syracuse.com the infant was a girl. The police department says they will adopt the child and when the body is released from the Onondaga Medical Examiner’s office they will make arrangements for a funeral and a headstone for the little girl. “We look at this child as being our family-we are the only people, in our minds, that have ever cared about this child.”Becker told reporter Michael Benny of cnycentral.com. Investigators have named the child, Isabella.
Until now the gender of the child has been withheld from the public while the investigation into who put the infant in the dumpster continues. The dumpster was located behind some apartment buildings in the village and the newborn was found by a passerby late Friday evening. The discovery was made by Michael Denardo who was looking for scrap wood at the time. No attempt was made to conceal the body according to Assistant District Attorney, Rick Trunfio, who has been working with the Liverpool Police, the Onondaga County Department of Social Services and the Sherriff’s Department. They believe the parents are from the immediate area but have had no luck finding them despite many good leads. According to Syracuse.com the Medical Examiner’s office released further details January 12th saying the pregnancy and birth of the child had to have been difficult. They are still not saying whether the child was born dead or alive.
Liverpool Police Chief William Becker has said that due to the circumstances surrounding the child’s death Isabella is considered a ward of the state of New York. According to syracuse.com the department has been given permission to name the child and to bury her after the medical examiner’s office releases the body. The police are seeking permission to bury the child in a plot in the village cemetery. Area funeral homes and headstone companies have already committed to holding the service and creating the headstone for Isabella. Father Dennis Hayes, Onondaga County Sherriff’s Chaplin will conduct the service when the ME releases the child. No public donations are being sought. All the agencies working the case have pledged to cover any expenses. No date for the funeral has been set.
Robert A. Baker, “Liverpool Police: Baby Found Friday in Trash Bin was a girl, they name her Isabella,” syracuse.com
Michael Benny,”Police name dead newborn “Isabella’,”cnycentral.com