KENNEDY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police and the Hamilton County coroner's officer are investigating the death of a newborn baby.
Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi K. Sammarco says a 19-year-old mother brought the body of the infant girl to Bethesda North Hospital late Monday night.
Sammarco says the newborn was only five to seven days old and had been dead for about five days.
"It's been dead at least five days, we're not sure of the circumstances of the birth of the baby, we do know that the baby was born outside of the that hospital," she said.
Sammarco is trying to figure out if the baby was born alive. Investigators believe the baby was born at a home in the 3800 block of Dunloe Ave. in Kennedy Heights.
The child was so badly decomposed that hospital personnel couldn't figure out if it was a boy or a girl.
"The baby's body was in pretty bad condition," Sammarco said.
The mother was taken into custody, but police were awaiting the autopsy report to determine if any charges should be filed.
"We figured it was a vaginal birth because there is the normal trauma you would expect on the head but we are looking into other sources of trauma to the body not just the vaginal birth trauma," said Sammarco.
Investigators are not releasing the name of the mother or the baby at this time.