A BABY girl dumped in a bin at a recycling centre may have been shaken or smothered to death, an inquest heard today.
The newborn, known as Baby S, was discovered on a conveyor belt in a waste processing line at Sackers in Needham Market, Suffolk.
Her cause of death was given as a traumatic brain injury with medics finding she had also suffered "numerous severe injuries".
The inquest was told the "majority" of these happened after the tot's death – including fractures to the skull, pelvis and ribs – that could have been caused by the processing plant.
Pathologists also identified a number of possible causes for Baby S' brain injury.
These included a traumatic birth, shaking or smothering, an inquest was told.
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Medics also found features "compatible with a live birth" such as "well-inflated lungs, indicating active breathing".
Detective Chief Inspector Karl Nightingale, the senior investigating officer, said Baby S was "definitely born alive" and was no more than 24 hours old.
A report also found she had haemorrhaging and bruising on her face and mouth.
DCI Nightingale added: "She could have been placed into the bin while alive but her death isn't attributed to her going through the waste processing."
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Baby S was from a black or mixed ethnicity background and was found dead during the first lockdown by staff sorting waste.
She was buried in a tiny white coffin in February at a ceremony attended by police, council officials and six staff from Sackers.
Police believe she was dumped in a bin at one of 52 commercial sites in the Ipswich area which had waste picked up and taken to the centre earlier in the day by two lorries.
They trawled through 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited 800 addresses but still do not know the circumstances of the tragic case and are keeping an "open mind".
Recording an open verdict, Suffolk's senior coroner Nigel Parsley said: "We simply cannot say exactly how Baby S came by her death and how she received the injuries which led to her death."
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