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Second newborn's body found

The body of a baby was found Monday just feet from where one was found on Thursday.

A man collecting aluminum cans on Village Drive found the body of a female newborn near a fence about 10 to 15 feet from where the other remains, those of a female of about 22 weeks gestation, were found last week in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington police said.

"It's the same exact situation as last week," said Miles White, chief deputy coroner.

White said the body found Monday also does not appear to be full-term. He said it appears to be about the same size and gestational age as the other one. An autopsy scheduled for Tuesday morning should reveal more.

"This is the first time I've come across this situation," White said. "We're going to have to look at it a lot further."

Lexington police Sgt. Ann Gutierrez said the body found Monday morning was unclothed, on a towel between a tree line and a wooden fence that borders the cemetery.

Both White and Gutierrez said they think the body was placed there after the other remains were found.

"It appears to have been left there recently," Gutierrez said. "I don't think it was days ago."

A woman walking her dog found the body Thursday at the back of the cemetery, which is bordered by several apartment complexes. Lexington police said those remains could have been dumped over a fence along the cemetery property.

An autopsy performed in Frankfort could not determine that child's race. The cause and manner of death were listed Friday as undetermined pending further microscopic study. The fetus was not thought to have been viable.

If it is determined that the child could not have lived, a charge of concealing the birth of an infant might apply, Lexington police Lt. John Gensheimer said last week.

Concealing the birth of an infant, a Class A misdemeanor, applies when a person conceals the corpse of a newborn with intent to hide the birth to prevent a determination of whether the child was born dead or alive, according to state statutes.

Investigators from the Crimes Against Children Unit are assisting the coroner with the investigation.

Just as they did last week, Gutierrez said, police will contact local hospitals to ask them to be on the lookout for a woman seeking medical care after childbirth.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Crimes Against Children Unit at 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 253-2020.

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