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APD Investigating Baby Found Dead in Eagle River Park

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:25:02 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 15 2013 11:10:50 PM AKDT

Story Update (7:48 p.m. 10-15-13):

Shortly after 7:30 p.m, Anchorage police say the mother of a newborn baby girl found dead in Eagle River has been identified.

In a brief update, police say the mother called for medical assistance and the investigation remains ongoing.

“No arrests have been made, nor have any charges been filed at this time,” Jennifer Castro, police spokesperson, said in a statement.

Original Story (2:12 p.m. 10-15-13):
Anchorage police are seeking the mother of an apparently newborn baby who was found dead in an Eagle River park Tuesday morning.

According to APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, police received a report shortly after 9:30 a.m. that the baby -- whose gender isn’t immediately being released -- had been found not breathing in Turner Park, near Regency Drive in Eagle River.

“It was reported that the baby was wrapped in a towel and appeared to be a newborn,” Castro wrote. “Anchorage Police responded to the scene as well as Detectives and the Crime Scene Team to investigate the incident.”

Castro says that while there aren’t any apparent signs of foul play, the state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the infant’s cause of death, as well as whether the child was stillborn or died after birth.

Police are encouraging the mother, who may require medical attention, to contact a local hospital.

“Our biggest concern at this time is just for the health and well-being of the mother,” Castro said.

Anyone with information on the infant’s death is asked to call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.

This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

Editor's Note: KTUU's Neil Torquiano contributed to an update of this story.