Newborn's Body Found in Sterling

Passerby discovered body Sunday morning

Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 2:38 PM EDT
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An infant found dead in a pond in Loudoun County, VA. Derrick Ward explains how a neighbor found the child's body and has more on the investigation to find out what happened.

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An infant found dead in a pond in Loudoun County, VA. Derrick Ward explains how a neighbor found the child's body and has more on the investigation to find out what happened.

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Loudoun County Sheriff's deputies canvassed a Sterling neighborhood Sunday for clues in the death of a newborn girl who was found in a pond that morning.

The infant's body was discovered floating in the pond behind a cul-de-sac by a passerby in the area of Awsley Court near Steed Place shortly before noon, reported News4's Derrick Ward.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that it appears the baby girl was not born at a hospital. No other identifying information about the infant was immediately made available.

Authorities spent hours knocking on doors hoping to find the mother of the baby. The sheriff's office is working with Loudoun County Child Protective Services, school resource officers and the community to identify the mother. She likely needs medical attention, according to the sheriff's office.

Neighbors say some residents fish in the pond, but it is also a popular hangout for teenagers.

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