Workers at a Rockford area recycling facility find a baby boy's body.
At this point the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department only speculates how this tragic scenario plays out. A baby boy one way or another winds up in the trash, only later being discovered by horrified employees.
"It's hard you know, seeing a dead baby like that," said John Silverio.
John Silverio and his co-workers saw the baby boy's body as it came down the conveyor belt riddled with trash.
Silverio says he's accustomed to seeing strange things come through, but this is something he'll never forget.
"Usually we just come by animals, like raccoons and stuff like that but never encounter something like that," he said.
Sheriff's deputies work to find clues about the infant named "Noah" by the Winnebago County Coroner's Office.
"There's a tremendous amount of garbage that's here. We're going to be going through that to try to determine if we can find out where this baby may have come from," said Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro.
Finding those answers is difficult because trash and recyclables processed at one source recycling come from all over the area.
As for the employees at One Source. They've been sent home early. Many of them, as Silverio says, need the time to recover from what they saw.
"We were shocked, everybody. And we just called the supervisor and the police came and everything," he said.
Winnebago County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Dominic Iasparro says the case is being treated like a homicide at this point. He hasn't ruled out that "Noah" may have been dropped off sometime Thursday.
"It's different from the normal scene because of the volume of items we have to go through. There are multiple trucks that dump here on a daily basis," said Iasparro.
The Winnebago County Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy on baby "Noah" Saturday. We will continue to follow this developing story throughout the weekend and share those details as soon as they are released.
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