Vigil planned for infant found dead in Saskatoon recycling bin

SASKATOON — Though they don’t yet know the identity of the infant found dead in a Saskatoon recycling bin, some city residents planned to honour the child at a vigil late Saturday.

Mario Fiddler already held a vigil for the baby on Friday night, posting on Facebook that he and a friend who found the child held a smudge ceremony and lit candles.

Fiddler then issued a call for others to join another gathering late Saturday afternoon in the alley where the baby was discovered a day earlier in the industrial recycling bin.

Police have not issued any updates on their investigation, but said Friday that officers would talk to hospitals to see if they had come across a mom who had recently given birth and didn’t have a baby with her.

They did not say whether the baby was a boy or a girl, although they said evidence suggested the infant was a newborn and it’s believed the birth took place at another location.

Police haven’t said how the baby was found, but condominium manager Stan Bergen told CKOM radio that he was approached by a man asking to use his phone on Friday morning because the man believed he saw a baby in the recycling bin.

“So we went out there and I looked in the dumpster, and there was this little baby,” Bergen said. “I was surprised and didn’t know what to think. I was totally surprised by that.”

When Bergen called 911, he said even the dispatcher sounded surprised.

“She said, ‘Are you sure it isn’t a doll?’ I said, ‘No, it’s real.”’

Police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said Frdiay it was important that the mother be located, noting she’s “obviously in a great deal of distress.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of death is set for Tuesday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

More ambulances are needed in Red Deer to handle inter-hospital patient transfers, says mayor

‘Code reds’ — meaning all city ambulances are in use — happen monthly

On the ropes: The Red Deer Boxing Club wants to expand, but is stymied by back-alley location

The club’s founder is looking for other site options, sponsorships

NDP speak out about future surgery access for women

Surgeries called “limited clinical value”

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Einarson, Homan, Jones frontrunning at Tournament of Hearts

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Manitoba, Ontario and the Jennifer Jones wild-card team… Continue reading

Feds hope to meet with Wet’suwet’en chiefs and negotiate end to blockades

OTTAWA — Traditional chiefs from British Columbia at the heart of the… Continue reading

Ponoka selling its airport to flying club

Agreement is for 25 years with option to buy back

Disturbances prompt Wetaskiwin to close emergency shelter

Citing increased threats, assaults, vagrancy and other crime, the City of Wetaskiwin… Continue reading

Blockades expose a polarized nation

The political response to Canada’s blockade crisis so far has been to… Continue reading

Canada hosts Lima Group, appeals for world’s help on Venezuela crisis

GATINEAU, Que. — Canada and its Western Hemisphere allies are calling on… Continue reading

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

WASHINGTON — Trump loyalist Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to more than… Continue reading

Most Read