Frozen newborn baby found dead in arms of homeless mother in Portland

Frozen newborn baby found dead in arms of homeless mother in Portland

An apparently stillborn boy was found with his homeless mother at a Southeast Portland bus stop last week, police said. The mother claimed to have become pregnant "by the miracle of immaculate conception", according to a police report seen by Willamette Week.

A one-day-old homeless baby froze to death in his mother's arms on the streets of Portland, Oregon, bringing to five the number of people to succumb this year to the freezing conditions affecting the city. The office declined to provide information to The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday night.

The man who discovered the baby said that he was waiting at the stop when the woman approached him and opened her coat, revealing the boy.

He called the death a "horrible tragic intersection of mental health and homelessness and childbirth".

According to text messages exchanged between first responders and their colleagues at the Portland Police Bureau, officers initially believed the child, who had been born just hours before the incident was reported, was still alive.

The woman could not answer a number of questions from police, including the child's place of birth. Detectives are still wrapping up their investigation, he said.

Officer Justin Raphael wrote in his police report that doctors spent 25 minutes trying to revive the baby, adding that it was clear that the mother was "very mentally ill".

Police say they are now working with another medical examiner to determine an official cause of death.