Newborn baby found dead at Amazon distribution center in Arizona

Police are investigating after a baby girl was discovered dead in the bathroom of an Amazon fulfillment center in Arizona on Wednesday.

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Police said the infant girl's body was found in a women's bathroom after someone called authorities around 8:30 p.m. from the facility on West Lower Buckeye Road. Officials said the baby was inside a garbage can, KNXV reported.

The cause of the baby’s death was not immediately clear.

Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said at a news conference Thursday that police had located the infant’s mother and that she was cooperating with investigators. He declined to say how long officials believe the baby was in the bathroom before she was found, telling reporters Thursday that she was placed there Wednesday but that “it had been some time.”

“It is a death investigation at this time, so it is still unfolding,” Lewis said. “We’re still working through evidence and so forth.”

In a statement released to KTVK, Amazon company officials called the incident "terribly sad and tragic."

"We are working with local authorities to support their investigation," the statement said. "The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority."

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