Search Abandoned For NJ Baby's Body, Lost in Trash
January 09, 2009
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Police who searched dumps in three states for the remains of a baby thrown out in a Jersey City hospital’s trash gave up Thursday, saying they had little chance of success.
“We have come to the harsh reality that efforts to locate the remains of Bashere Davon Moyd Jr. would be a Herculean undertaking with little probability of a successful conclusion,” Jersey City police Chief Thomas Comey said in a statement posted on the department’s Web site.
Authorities had been looking for the baby’s body since Jan. 2, when it was discovered missing from the morgue at Christ Hospital. The remains apparently were thrown away with the hospital’s trash sometime between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2, police said.
They searched dumps in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before focusing on a landfill in Ashland, Ky., where the waste may have been transferred. On Wednesday, Comey said he feared the waste was sent elsewhere and may have been incinerated.
“The news we have been dreading has unfortunately been confirmed,” said Michael Anise, the lawyer for the baby’s mother, Kalynn Moore. “Everyone involved in this horrific act must be held accountable. Obviously, for Kalynn, life will never be the same.”
Hospital officials and police have declined to say exactly how the baby ended up in the trash.
“The investigation failed to uncover any evidence of criminal conduct, but rather indicated this unfortunate incident was the result of procedural deficiencies and human error,” Comey said.
The baby was delivered Dec. 21. Hospital officials say it was stillborn, but Moore, 26, said her son was born alive with a weak heartbeat and died about 20 minutes later as doctors tried to save him.
Anise has said a lawsuit is likely. Whether the child was stillborn is an important legal distinction because New Jersey law does not recognize stillborn babies as human.
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