State Police: Body of baby found in bag at Harwinton reservoir

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HARWINTON -- State police are investigating after a baby was found in a bag at a Harwinton reservoir.

Police said they were called around 10:40 a.m. after the body was found in Bristol Reservoir #4. That's located on Route 72 and Route 4 in Harwinton. State Police dive teams are conducting a search for possible evidence. A reservoir worker found the baby.

The City of Bristol Water Department maintains the reservoir, state police said.

Harwinton First Selectman Michael Criss said he was in shock learning about this incident, especially having kids of his own.

"I still fight back the tears as I think about it," Criss said. "Just to know this poor child was not given the same opportunity that children should be given and just disregarded as trash and it just breaks my heart."

Criss said he doesn't recall of anything like this happening in the town saying it is a safe community that doesn't experience much police activity beyond burglary.

"I know the first thing I'm gonna do is go home and hug my kids," Criss said. "If you got kids, grandkids, go out hug, kiss them and be thankful every day that you were blessed to have them and be thankful they're here."

Detectives from Western District Major Crime responded to the scene and will assume the investigation. The Office of Chief Medical Examiner will conduct a post-mortem examination to determine cause and manner of death.

The City of Bristol Water Department has consulted with the Connecticut Department of Health, police said.

The reservoir has not been used in a few days, and will remain offline. The City of Bristol Water Department stresses that the public water supply is safe and they have no further concern for the safety of the public water supply.

This story will be updated as we learn more.