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Niagara Regional and American police are combining efforts to uncover the identity of the body of a newborn baby girl found floating in the Niagara River Whirlpool May 16, Detective Lt. Frank Granto said.

"We'd like to get the identity of the baby so it can have a proper funeral," Granto said. "We'd like to find out what happened. We'd like to find the mother. She may be sick. She may need help."

Niagara Falls police and the Erie and Niagara counties sheriff's departments are working with the Canadian police to obtain information on the circumstances surrounding the baby's death, Granto said.

The baby had been in the water about a week or two before it was found, Granto said.

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