Body of infant found outside clinic

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Winston-Salem police say they discovered the body inside a blue storage bin at around 7:00am Saturday, after responding to a call from clinic officials.

The infant's identity is currently not known, nor is that of her mother.

An autopsy is scheduled at Baptist Medical Center at Wake Forest University.

Officials say this case should be a reminder to everyone about the North Carolina Infant Abandonment Act.

It states states that a parent may voluntarily deliver a child, less than seven days old, without any intention to return for the infant, to an on-duty health care provider at a hospital, district health department or nonprofit community health center; a law enforcement officer on duty or at a police station or sheriff's department; a social services worker on duty or at a local department of social services; or a certified emergency medical service who is on duty or at a fire or medical services station.

A parent who surrenders a child under the Infant Abandonment Act is not subject to criminal prosecution and the parent is not required to provide any information.

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