NEW YORK (AP) – Police who found a dead baby girl at a Queens recycling plant gave her a name and planned a funeral procession Saturday to accompany her casket to the cemetery.

Last month, workers at the Lobosco plant in northern Queens suddenly spotted the dead child on a conveyor belt amid papers and cartons, her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. They called police.

Officers at the 109th precinct in Queens’ Flushing neighborhood have since given the baby a name: Farrington Hope – after Farrington Street, where the plant is, and Children of Hope Foundation, which raises money to bury abandoned babies.

Police suspect the 3-pound baby was abandoned in a recycling bin in northern Queens, where sanitation trucks make collections before heading to the plant owned by Michael Lobosco.

Officers at the 109th Precinct raised $4,000 to pay for the funeral Saturday at a Queens church. A full police procession was to escort the baby’s remains to a Long Island cemetery.

“We felt it was unnecessary and a tragedy if this child was buried at potters field at the edge of the Bronx,” said Edward Scali, a police officer with the 109th precinct.

The autopsy for the baby was inconclusive, according to the city medical examiner’s office, although Scali told The New York Times for Saturday’s editions that the coroner suspected the baby had been stillborn and carried close to full term.


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