Detectives investigating the death of a baby whose body was found amongst rubbish at a recycling plant have appealed for help in tracing its "vulnerable" mother.
The infant, thought to be a six-month boy, was spotted on the picking station at the Bell Waste Control site in North Lincolnshire yesterday.
Humberside Police are attempting to establish the identity of the baby's mother, who they believe is vulnerable and in need of medical treatment, and have asked for the public to come forward information.
A post mortem examination is expected to take place later today with hopes it will provide more clues as to how the youngster died.
The infant's body was found by a traumatised worker who was sorting waste at the plant. He originally mistook it for a doll or cuddly toy, but on realising it was a child dropped it instantly.
Recycling plant manager Steve Kent said the worker who found the dead baby was upset and had been sent home.
He told ITV news that a colleague reported that a baby's body had been located on the picking station and they immediately stopped the machines and called the police:
Mr Kent said the worker, who had been stationed on a section picking off cardboard, wood, paper, metal and other objects for recycling, spent most of the day with the police but had since been sent home.
He branded it "disgusting" that something like this could happen, describing the mood at the plant as "sombre".
The baby would probably have come in with a load of commercial waste, which is collected from factories and offices, he said, adding:
"How somebody can discard a baby in that manner is just ridiculous, it's disgusting."
The waste would have come into the plant in the last two or three days and could have come from a large area, including the towns of Doncaster, Grimsby and Scunthorpe, the manager said.
A Humberside Police spokesman said:
Police hope a post mortem examination will provide more clues as to how the baby died.