Body of infant discovered in dumpster in Las Vegas

Homicide Detectives Search for Clues in Case

At 8:04 a.m. on the morning of July 18, 2012, the LVMPD Dispatch Center received a call indicating the body of a deceased infant had been located inside of an apartment complex in the 2800 block of North Rancho Drive.

Arriving patrol officers located the body of the infant inside of a dumpster, and learned the original discovery had been made by a maintenance worker employed by the complex. It is believed the body had been placed in the dumpster within the last 24 hour time period.

The identity and exact age of the victim, along with the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing. Anyone with any information concerning this case is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 385-5555, or on the internet at


LVMPD Homicide detectives have located the mother of the victim in this case, and identified the infant found in the dumpster as a female. The investigation currently indicates the mother, a juvenile, concealed the pregnancy from friends and family and gave birth to the infant at home. It is believed the child was born approximately one month ago; however, a determination whether the child was born alive or was stillborn has not been made by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

It is further believed the juvenile mother of the newborn concealed the body of the infant in her residence until placing it into the dumpster.

No arrests have been made in connection with this case, and the investigation into this incident remains ongoing.

One Response to "Body of infant discovered in dumpster in Las Vegas"

  1. Dawn Geras   July 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

    While you are reporting on this story, I beg you to help make the public aware of Baby Safe Haven law. Every state in the country has one, though they may differ in some of the details. Do you know that this is at least the 8th baby to die in spite of the Baby Safe Haven law?
    The Nevada law offers a safe option for a desperate parent in crisis. The law says a parent may hand an unharmed baby, 30 days old or younger, to staff at any hospital, emergency medical facility, staffed fire station, or police station, and walk away with no questions asked. There is a national safe haven 24-hour crisis hotline 888-510-BABY (2229) for confidential help.
    This is your chance to make a life or death difference for the youngest, most vulnerable of all, a newborn baby.
    Tell a friend. Talk about it. for more information.


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