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Dead baby, in package, delivered to funeral home

A dead baby boy was delivered in a package to a Riverside funeral home early Wednesday. Buffalo homicide detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the baby's death and searching for the mother late Wednesday night.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, confirmed that the package was dropped off to James E. Grace Funeral Home, 335 Ontario St. There was a note along with the baby's body.

The package was not opened until later Wednesday. The funeral director thought that it might have been a package for his wife, Richards said, and he set it aside.

It was unclear if the baby was delivered alive to the door, if the baby was already dead or even if the baby was stillborn before the drop-off, Richards said. Homicide officials will wait for the results of an autopsy that is expected to be performed today at the Erie County medical examiner's office.

"We want to locate the mother for police purposes, as well as for her own well-being," Richards said. "We have to find her; that's the key."

The mother is believed to be a juvenile, according to police sources. Police checked area hospitals for her Wednesday, but she was not located.

Richards would not disclose the details of the note. He said that it was too early to determine whether the child suffered any trauma.

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