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University of Tampa dorm searched by police following discovery of deceased infant on campus

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Tragic Discovery: Baby Found Dead on University of Tampa Campus Leads to Investigation

The tragic discovery of a deceased newborn on the University of Tampa campus has sparked a wave of shock and concern among students and authorities. The incident unfolded on April 27 when campus security received a call about a 19-year-old girl possibly experiencing a miscarriage after students heard a baby crying in a dorm room at McKay Hall.

Despite initial medical assessments that deemed the situation non-life-threatening, the following day, the baby was found in a bag by campus security. The girl in question claimed she was unaware of her pregnancy and may have been in denial. She recounted giving birth in the dorm room bathroom and, after hearing the baby cry briefly, assumed the infant had passed away.

The girl admitted to cleaning the baby off with water, feeling for signs of life, and ultimately placing the newborn in a trashcan in the dorm room. Police responded to the scene and discovered the deceased newborn wrapped in a towel in the garbage bin.

The mother of the child was located and taken to a nearby hospital, while the body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Authorities highlighted Florida’s Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to surrender unharmed newborns anonymously to designated locations without facing charges, as a crucial resource for those in crisis.

As the investigation continues, the heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support, particularly within vulnerable communities. The recent deaths of Indian students across the country due to suicide, accidental overdose, or disappearance have further underscored the need for proactive measures to address mental health challenges among students.

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