CALUMET CITY | Police said Friday they are continuing to investigate the death of a newborn found in a trash can in the women's restroom of a local fast-food restaurant but they have located the mother.
Assistant Police Chief Dan Zorzi said charges had not been filed as of Friday afternoon.
Police are awaiting lab test results from the Lake County coroner's office and the Illinois State Police crime lab. A manner and cause of death for the baby was not yet available from the coroner's office.
The baby is listed as Baby Jackson with a home address in Homewood.
At 2:52 p.m. Thursday, Calumet City police were called to Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, at 4 Sibley Blvd., in response to a call of a suspicious item in the women's bathroom.
Officers found a newborn wrapped in a towel in the washroom trash can. The child was not breathing. Officers started CPR on the baby before it was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond, where it was pronounced dead at 3:32 p.m.
About the same time, Calumet City police learned police in Harvey were investigating a report of a woman who had disposed of a placenta. She was found and taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey for treatment, the news release says.