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Infant Girl's Body Discovered at Trash Disposal Facility

Worker found the body on a conveyor belt at the high desert processing plant.

An infant girl's body was discovered at a trash disposal facility in Hesperia Wednesday.

Homicide detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the discovery at Advance Disposal Company, department spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

Workers found the infant on a conveyor belt along with a pile of garbage around 8 a.m. at the plant in the 17000 block of Mesa Street.

The plant was quickly shut down and investigators began processing the location of the discovery.

Workers waited outside and spoke with a pastor after what happened.

"I talked to one guy who was pretty angry and just wanted to go home and hug his child," said Matt Corby, pastor at Calvary Chapel of the High Desert

The baby appears to be a newborn, Miller said.

"Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about a possible female recently pregnant and recently given birth who did not seek the assistance of a hospital," Miller said.

Detectives said the company picks up garbage in Victorville, Apple Valley and Hesperia.

Whether the baby was alive at birth was not immediately clear, but officials said the mother could have left the infant at any fire station or hospital with no questions asked.

"It's very easy for a mother of a newborn to come to a safe surrender site," San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Jay Hausman said. "Since 2001 up to March of this year, we've had 621 safe surrenders, and that is statewide."

The discovery comes one day after the remains of an adult woman were found on a conveyor belt at a recycling processing center in city of Industry.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 760-956-5001.

An earlier version of this story referred to the Advance Disposal facility as a recycling facility. It is a trash disposal facility.

Nyree Arabian contributed to this report.

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