Mother of Baby Found Dead in Bag at Reservoir in Harwinton Comes Forward

Police said the baby was a boy born a week or two ago.

The mother of a baby found dead at a reservoir in Harwinton Tuesday has come forward, Connecticut State Police said. 

According to police, the baby boy was born a week or two ago. Workers at the Bristol Reservoir #4 found the remains of a newborn in a bag along Route 72 and Route 4.

State police said Thursday the mother, a Connecticut resident, has come forward. Her name is being withheld. 

The mother is receiving medical care at a local hospital and working with detectives investigating the case, according to state police. 

Detectives from Western District Major Crime responded to the scene and began investigating around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday after workers at the reservoir found the body. The medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The City of Bristol Water Department maintains the reservoir and has consulted with the Connecticut Department of Health to ensure the water has not been contaminated.

Police said the reservoir has not been used in a few days and will remain offline.

"On behalf of the Bristol Water Department I would like to assure all of our customers that the water in Bristol is completely safe. The reservoir where this unfortunate event occurred has been off line for the past few days due to the drought and will remain off line. We have been in consultation with the Department of Public Health and local Health Director through out the day. We are confident that the drinking water is completely safe in the City of Bristol," Robert Longo, superintendent of the Bristol Water Department, said in a statement on the Bristol Water Department website. 

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