Baby's body found inside car at Shelby auto repair shop, police chief says

SHELBY, Ohio - Police in Shelby are investigating after the body of an infant was found inside a car.

Officers were called to an auto repair shop on North Gamble Street at about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday for an odor coming from a car, Shelby Police Chief Charlie Roub said.

"The car had been at the shop for two days," Roub said. "The infant's body had been inside the car for longer than two days. It had been inside the trunk for some time."

The mechanic noticed the smell and thought it was a dead animal so he opened the trunk, Roub said. The mechanic found a paper box inside the trunk which contained the remains and called 911.

Police said the 17-year-old mother gave birth in January or February in her bedroom in Mansfield. The high school senior's parents and the baby's father did not know she was pregnant.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine if the baby was stillborn.

The teen is not in custody.

Shelby is northwest of Mansfield in Richland County.

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