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Dead baby found in Red Wing laundry, wrapped in sheet from Twin Cities hospital

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By Anne Jacobson

Red Wing Republican-Eagle

RED WING, Minn. -- A dead infant was found in hospital linens that had been delivered to Crothall Laundry on Tuesday morning, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman confirmed Tuesday evening.

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 “We’re calling it a death investigation at this time,” he said.

Authorities were alerted at 12:29 p.m. and went to the laundry in Red Wing. Pohlman said the body, as well as the laundry, had been retrieved by an undisclosed hospital before his officers received the call.

“That’s their practice,” he said of the Crothall Laundry. “They call the place it came from.”

Red Wing officers then interviewed workers and notified the St. Paul Police Department. Red Wing is about 45 miles southeast of St. Paul.

“There’s so much we don’t know because we don’t have the body,” Pohlman said.

A family member of a worker said the discovery occurred earlier in the morning. Staff were told not say anything until the hospital, which is the Twin Cities, was alerted.

“It’s under investigation and more information will be released as it’s received,” Pohlman added.

Story update: 

Regions Hospital of St. Paul says it mishandled stillborn's body found in Red Wing
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