Lawrence - (WALK) They didn't know her, but mourned her passing. More than 100 people attended a funeral Mass for Baby Denise Hope this weekend, the infant who was found dead at a waste transfer station in North Lawrence last month.
Investigators continue searching for the mother, and say the baby was stillborn before being disposed of in a plastic bag several weeks ago. The child's body was found on a conveyer belt with umbilical chord and placenta fully attached, said police.
Services for the unknown child, given the name "Baby Denise Hope," were held at St. Joseph's Church in Hewlett Saturday, with burial at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.
Authorities on Long Island are encouraging local media to help publicize New York's Save Haven Law, enacted in 2000, which allows a mother to legally and anonymously drop off a child at a hospital, police station, fire house or other facility without penalty.
LINews readers may remember the similar case of a child's body found amid recyling materials at a transfer station in Yaphank in January of 2010.
The Lawrence facility processes materials from the Five Towns communities, Woodsburgh, and unincorporated portions of Lynbrook and Green Acres, according to town officials.
Illustration: Safe Haven Law