Authorities Investigating Death of Baby Found in Ditch in Opelika

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a baby girl whose body was found in a drainage ditch are awaiting forensic evidence for more clues.

Opelika police Captain Allan Elkins said the only new information that could be released Tuesday was that the baby is a black female.

He told the Opelika-Auburn News that the tragedy was the first of its nature in the city.

Opelika police received a 911 call around 9 a.m. yesterday and found the baby unresponsive at Tree Top Apartments.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris pronounced the infant dead at the scene at 9:45 a.m. Authorities took the body to Montgomery for an autopsy.

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