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Tampa Police Investigate Infant Death


Just before 7:00 pm on April 28, 2024, Tampa Police responded to a report of a deceased infant near McKay Hall at the University of Tampa. Upon arrival, officers located a newborn female wrapped in a towel and placed in a garbage bin.

The body of the infant has been transported to the Medical Examiner's office for autopsy to determine the cause of death and developmental stage. The mother of the child was located and transported to a nearby hospital.

"The loss of a child is always a tragedy," said Chief Bercaw. "As our department actively investigates this incident, we want all expectant mothers to know there are resources available."

The Tampa Police Department reminds the community that Florida has a Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to anonymously surrender an unharmed newborn infant seven days old or younger to any Fire Station, EMS station, or hospital staffed by full-time emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or firefighters. There will be no questions asked, and no charges will be filed for surrendering a newborn under the Safe Haven Law unless the infant has signs of abuse or neglect.

If you are an expectant mother facing difficult circumstances, some resources include: 
•    The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: Dial 211
•    Florida Department of Health, Maternal & Child Health Section: 850.245.4047
•    The National Safe Haven Alliance Hotline: 888.510.BABY (2229)

This remains an active investigation. Updates can be provided when they become available.