New information in investigation of baby found dead inside vehicle

An autopsy on the baby was conducted late last week. (Jim Nelson/WNWO).

Toledo police are asking for the public's help in identifying a dead baby found inside a vehicle last week.

A TPD spokesperson says a resident found the baby inside an abandoned car on the 2400 block of Vaness Dr. on Thursday.

"He was going to be moving the vehicle... because somebody was going to come pick it up the next day," said Lt. Joe Heffernan, adding that the man then opened the vehicle and made the grim discovery.

"The car had been a vehicle parked alongside the house for a number of years, it had not been operable," Heffernan said. "So we don't think at this time it has anything to do with the owner of the vehicle or household where the child was found."

He adds, however, that it was by no mistake that the infant was placed in the vehicle.

"Obviously somebody put the child in the car intentionally. The child was not old enough to climb in their on its own."

Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner in Lucas County, told NBC 24 that she was not able to determine the child's cause of death but did not notice any obvious trauma.

"That certainly leads us to believe that maybe the child passed away and somebody placed the child there, not knowing what to do," Heffernan says. "But that's all speculation at this point. We don't like to speculate. We'll go where the evidence takes us."

The child, identified only as a white male about two months old or younger, was described as being in advanced decomposition.

Heffernan believes that once the child is identified, the case will move forward quickly.

Despite no major leads, he says he is confident the department will eventually be able to identify the child's remains either through DNA or birth records.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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