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Church hosts memorial service for baby found at recycling center

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

One month after the body of a newborn baby was found at a local recycling center, she was given a name and formally laid to rest.

Community members attended the memorial Friday at Maranatha Church in northeast Portland in honor of the abandoned baby girl.

Police named her "Baby Precious."

Organizers of the memorial service said the baby deserved to be honored. In lieu of flowers, people were asked to bring donations of new baby items.

"I would rather us focus on our energy on providing respect, honor and love for this baby," said organizer Joyce Harrison. "And on a broader scale, how we need to care for all the children."

The baby was buried at River View Cemetery and her grave says "Precious."

Her body was discovered among recycled items at EFI Recycling, 4325 N. Commerce St., May 28.

The Multnomah County medical examiner's office said the baby was a full-term or nearly full-term girl that was born alive and took at least a few breaths before dying. The umbilical cord was still attached.

Investigators said there were no signs of trauma to the baby's body. The mother, who has not yet been found, likely needed immediate medical treatment.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward in this case. If you know anything about it, call 503-823-HELP or go to www.crimestoppersoforegon.com.

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