Infant found dead in North Las Vegas dumpster

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Police are investigating after an infant boy’s body was discovered in a North Las Vegas dumpster on Sunday morning.

North Las Vegas Police Department officers responded to the 2500 block of Carroll Street, near Las Vegas Boulevard North, just before 9 a.m. and found a boy between 1 and 6 months old in an alley dumpster, spokesman Eric Leavitt said. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy didn’t have any physical injuries, Leavitt said, and the Clark County coroner’s office will release his identity and cause and manner of death.

“Detectives need the public’s help in this investigation and are asking citizens to check on their child, grandchild or nephew to make sure they are in good health,” Leavitt said in a statement Monday.

The boy was found in one of two dumpsters in the center of an alley behind a cluster of apartment buildings. Baby toys were on the ground nearby, including a plastic airplane and Easter eggs, along with a broken couch and a box spring.

Dagoberto Navarro said he’s the only resident in the area with security cameras on his home, though they don’t point directly at the dumpsters.

Navarro, who said he has lived in the neighborhood for five years, said police came by Sunday morning and pulled footage from his cameras.

“We never see things like that over here,” he said.

Anyone with information can contact North Las Vegas police at 702-633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

In August 2015, 2-month-old Jessica Henderson was found dead in a dumpster. The coroner’s office said she died of asphyxiation, and her death was ruled a homicide. The girl’s father, Mason Henderson, was charged with murder.

Henderson, now 28, pleaded guilty in February 2016. He is serving a sentence of 20 to 50 years at Lovelock Correctional Center.

Contact Alexis Egeland at aegeland@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0335. Follow @alexis_egeland on Twitter.

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