A horrified worker cut a bin bag open a waste food recycling plant to find a dead newborn girl.
The man, who was based at the transfer station that processes food for pigs, was given a bag which his colleague thought contained a chicken that had been killed.
But to his horror, he discovered that it was a dead baby instead.
Police who are trying to track down the person who dumped the tot have since identified a male suspect as a ‘person of interest’.
This comes after CCTV cameras showed him carrying a black bin bag allegedly containing the dead infant.
Authorities in New Taipei City’s Xindian District in North Taiwan have revealed a local waste collection company called in the harrowing find at 8am local time on February 26.
A 23-year-old worker surnamed Chuang claimed he cut open the black bin bag and the corpse of the newborn girl fell out.
His colleague identified as 53-year-old dustcart driver, surnamed Yu, remembered collecting the bag because it “felt weird” and he thought there was probably a “dead chicken” inside.
Food recycling bins in Taiwan are in place to collect food waste that ends up used for pigs or compost, or is burnt.
The baby’s placenta and about 1 foot of umbilical cord were still attached to the tiny body, but she had no vital signs and was later confirmed to be dead, reports said.
Xindian Precinct police said there were no visible signs of abuse on the child’s body, which was intact.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
Xindian Precinct investigator Tseng Po-chung said the driver had travelled to more than 200 locations on a route lasting 10 hours throughout the night and early hours of the next morning.
It is unclear if the child was stillborn or if she was alive when she was abandoned.