Mother of baby found dead in Eagle River park remains hospitalized

zhollander@adn.comOctober 18, 2013 

The mother of a newborn baby found dead in an Eagle River park Tuesday morning remained hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon, Anchorage police said.

No charges have been filed against the mother, identified only as an adult, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.

Someone walking in Turner Park called 911 around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after finding the baby wrapped in a towel and not breathing, police said at the time.

It appeared the baby was born without medical help. The baby's umbilical cord was still attached when it was found, Castro said Thursday. Providers generally cut the cord shortly after a baby is born.

The woman is being treated at a local hospital for medical issues related to the baby's delivery, she said.

Police were not releasing details on the baby's condition pending autopsy results to determine whether it was alive at birth, what caused its death and other factors, Castro said.

A police investigation is ongoing, she said.

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