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Update: Baby found at laundry was a stillborn boy

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The baby's body that ended up in a linen bin at Red Wing's Crothall Laundry came from the Regions Hospital morgue, officials said Wednesday.

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The stillborn, premature boy had died April 4. The body had been wrapped in linen in the morgue, according to the hospital, and someone mistakenly thought it was laundry.

"We are really sorry and saddened that this event happened," said Chris Boese, vice president of patient care of the hospital in St. Paul.

She spoke at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Regions staff will investigate and take steps to ensure it doesn't happen again, she said. Administrators have notified the family, who lost the baby in the second trimester, that the mistake was made.

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said his department received a call from a citizen around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday that a dead baby was found in hospital linens at Crothall Laundry, 950 Featherstone Road.

The body was already gone when they arrived, but proceeded to investigate.

Officers learned that the baby fell out of a sheet being prepared for cleaning. The baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper.

Witnesses stated that the hospital was notified. Regions then sent personnel to pick up the baby prior to officers' arrival.

The Red Wing Police Department requested assistance from the St. Paul Police Department.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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