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Police investigating deceased newborn in Southeast Portland residence

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UPDATE: Autopsy determines baby stillborn, mother hospitalized


An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the newborn found dead on Sunday afternoon was a stillbirth.

Detectives have determined that the 21-year-old woman who was taken to the hospital from the residence where the body was found was the baby's mother.

The woman's name was not released. She remains in the hospital receiving medical and mental health treatment.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this incident and will present their investigation to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office upon completion.

According to police, at 11:28 a.m. on Feb. 21, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 13800 block of Southeast Stark Street after receiving a report that a deceased newborn was located inside.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and confirmed the newborn was deceased. Officers learned that a woman was previously transported to the hospital from the residence earlier in the day.

Based on a preliminary investigation, detectives assigned to Homicide Division and the Child Abuse Team responded to conduct a death investigation, along with the Medical Examiner and criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division.

Police say there is no public safety risk associated with this investigation and no further information will be released at this time.