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Police investigating after body of newborn baby boy found dead in bathroom at Hiram College

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HIRAM, Ohio -- Ohio BCI and Hiram Village police are investigating after the body of a newborn baby was discovered in a garbage bag in the trash can inside a dorm bathroom at Hiram College Friday morning.

The discovery was made by the cleaning crew.

The Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro said it's unclear how long the newborn had been there.

The baby boy was either full-term or nearly full-term. It's unclear whether the infant was delivered alive or stillborn.

“The death of a child is always difficult,” said Dr. DePerro, “It never gets easier.”

He said the mother was also identified late Friday night and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The remains were transferred to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner for a full autopsy.

“Right now the most palpable emotion is one of disbelief, and shock and confusion,” said Dr. Lori Varlotta, President Hiram College. “I mean these things don’t happen often anywhere and definitely have never happened at Hiram.”

The college is offering professional and ministerial counseling to those who may need it. You can call 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 8 for updates. 

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