Off-duty firefighter finds dead baby in ocean off Florida

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 17:24:11-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — The body of a dead baby was found in the ocean near the Florida coast on Friday, deputies say.

The female infant's body was discovered by an off-duty Boynton Beach firefighter while boating on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Boynton Beach Inlet, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say it is unclear how long the body had been in the water. They have also not been able to determine the age of the baby at this time.

The sheriff's office has dispatched detectives from the PBSO Special Victims Unit to investigate.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Statement from the Department of Children and Families:

The discovery of this little girl is awful. DCF has opened a child death investigation. At this time, very few details are known other than the manner in which she was found.

We encourage anyone who has information to please contact the Florida Abuse Hotline or the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: 561-688-3400