Dead American baby in trash bag may have been injected with heroin - report

Dead American baby in trash bag may have been injected with heroin - report
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A baby which may have been injected with heroin has been found dead in a garbage bag in the United States.

In a statement on Thursday, New Mexico police officer Ray Wilson said cops had been called by a concerned father who had returned from a trip to find that his unborn child's mother no longer showing signs of being pregnant.

When he asked the woman where the baby was, she wouldn't tell him, leading him to have concerns for the child's safety.

The statement says that officers found the women had been staying at a resident in Alcalde, where they found the newborn baby dead in a trash bag.

The Albuquerque Journal says that a search warrant affidavit filed in court noted that the mother was a frequent heroin user and that she had used the drug while pregnant.

When the officers arrived at the woman's residence, the media outlet reported the affidavit said the officers "smelled the smell of death and began to look for the newborn baby".

Wilson said the investigation was only in its early stages and an autopsy on the dead child was underway for a cause of death. Charges were also pending to results of the autopsy.

The woman reportedly told officers that she had passed out from pain after giving birth and woke up to find the baby unresponsive.

However, The Albuquerque Journal says the father had been told the mother had been injecting her baby with heroin to keep the child from going through withdrawal symptoms resulting from the woman's drug use while pregnant. 

The parties' identities won't be released until charges are filed, according to Wilson.