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Services for baby canceled

May 17, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Memorial and graveside services for an infant found dead last week in a borough trash bin have been cancelled, Pregnancy Ministries Inc. Education Coorinator Sherry Cline announced late Wednesday night.

A memorial service for the baby girl had been scheduled for tonight, but Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said earlier in the day he was not going to release the body for burial. Cline issued a statement late Wednesday night that said the memorial service was also cancelled.

"Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner has informed Pregnancy Ministries that case information is expected to be released late Thursday afternoon," Cline said in a press release. "In light of the recent developments, Pregnancy Ministries has agreed to cancel the memorial service for Baby Grace."

The press release did not indicate what the new developments were and Conner said Wednesday night he could not comment on the case until later today.

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Chambersburg Police Department Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said Wednesday the department had no new information to release in the case and the investigation was continuing.

The decomposed body of the near full-term baby girl was discovered Wednesday, May 10, in a trash bin behind the Keystone Car Wash, 766 S. Main St., according to police. The body was found by two boys putting trash in the bin as part of their jobs at the car wash.

Conner said earlier this week that a cause of death had not been determined. An autopsy was performed last Thursday, but he said further pathological tests had to be performed to determine how the infant died.

Pregnancy Ministries Inc. had named the infant "Baby Grace" and donated money for the memorial service, which was to have been held this evening at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road. Other businesses and individuals had donated flowers, a casket, a burial plot, vault and other goods and services for the funeral.

A graveside service had been scheduled for Friday morning in Lincoln Cemetery in Chambersburg, but has been canceled, according to Cline.

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