Memorial Scheduled for ‘Precious Baby’ Found in N Portland Recycling Center

Portland Police Bureau Homicide investigators are continuing to investigate the death of a newborn baby found at a North Portland recycling center.

A memorial celebration for “Baby Precious” has been scheduled for June 28, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The memorial will be held at the Maranatha Church, located at 4222 Northeast 12th Avenue. An internment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, located at 0300 Southwest Taylors Ferry Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations of new baby items or diapers will be accepted.

Crime Stoppers has received numerous tips about the case but none of them have led to the identification of the baby’s mother or how the baby came to be at the recycling center.

This investigation started on Tuesday May 28, 2013, at 8:33 a.m., when North Precinct officers responded to EFI Recycling, located at 4325 North Commerce Street, on the report that a person discovered a deceased baby among recycling items.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined that the baby was a full-term (or nearly full-term) African American or mixed-race baby girl with the umbilical cord still attached. The Medical Examiner has ruled the baby’s death as a homicide.

Based on the autopsy results, detectives believe that the baby was born within a few days of being discovered.

Detectives have released a photo of the baby’s hand and foot prints as part of an emotional plea for information.

Detectives want to hear from anyone with information about this case. The mother of the baby may need or have sought medical attention shortly after the birth.

Oregon Safe Haven Law allows for a parent to leave an infant 30 days of age or younger at any authorized facility (hospital, birthing center, physician’s office, sheriff’s office, police station, or fire station).

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Reported by: Stasia Bliss

Sources: Portland Police Bureau

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