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Autopsy: Baby Found Dead On Recycling Conveyor Belt Was Likely Born Alive

ROCKFORD, Ill. (CBS) -- Autopsy results are in on a newborn boy whose body was found on a recycling center conveyor belt near Rockford last week.

As WBBM Newsradio's Steve Miller reports, the baby has been named Noah, in an effort to give his death some dignity, says Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.

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His body was found on a conveyor belt in the Total Waste Recycling center in the town of Roscoe this past Friday.

"The doctor examined the body, determined that it was a full-term baby; determined that there were no abnormalities or congenital defects in the body," Fiduccia said. "So all indications are that it probably was born alive."

Fiduccia says they also know the baby was Caucasian.

She says Winnebago County detectives are working to find the family - and specifically the mother.

"They're going to shelters and rehab centers because there's a possibility that maybe mom is on drugs. I don't know," she said.

Fiduccia says authorities also took DNA from the baby - in hopes of matching him to someone.

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