An abandoned newborn baby boy was discovered at the entrance of a Sapporo gynecology clinic by a staff member on Thursday, police said. The infant was rushed to the hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival, TV Asahi reported Friday.
According to police, the infant, mere hours old, was discovered wrapped up in a small towel, and placed in a paper bag at 6 a.m. Thursday. Despite no signs of external injury, the baby did not survive long.
The woman who discovered the baby also found a note, but police did not reveal its contents.
The meteorological agency said that at the time the child was found, the temperature was 5.2 degrees below zero.
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