- Police in Phoenix, Arizona, found a newborn baby dead inside a trash can at a women’s restroom at an Amazon warehouse on Wednesday.
- The baby was beyond resuscitation when first responders arrived, officers told local media.
- Amazon said this was a “terribly sad and tragic incident,” and that it is cooperating with police.
- Business Insider has previously documented evidence of ambulance calls for maternity-related issues at Amazon distribution centres around the world.
A newborn baby was found dead in a trash can at an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Someone made the discovery inside a women’s restroom at the distribution center and called the police around 8:30 p.m., the local news site Arizona’s Family reported.
The baby was beyond resuscitation and confirmed dead when first responders arrived at the scene, police told the local ABC15 news channel.
Police have opened an investigation into the death, Arizona’s Family said.
The baby’s gender was not clear. Amazon declined to give further details to Business Insider on how the baby was found and who raised the alarm.
An Amazon spokesman told Business Insider in a statement: “This is a terribly sad and tragic incident. We are working with local authorities to support their investigation. The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.”
Business Insider has found evidence of poor work conditions at some Amazon warehouses.
A Freedom of Information investigation revealed 600 ambulance calls to Amazon’s UK sites between 2015 and 2018, three of which were for maternity and pregnancy-related issues.
Mick Rix, an officer for British trade union GMB, said UK Amazon warehouse workers had suffered miscarriages at pregnancy issues in the past.
Amazon warehouse workers in the US, UK, and Germany previously told Business Insider’s Shona Ghosh that pressure to hit targets makes it difficult to take toilet breaks or eat.
The company has said that it doesn’t recognise this portrayal of its work conditions.
- Read more on Amazon warehouse work conditions:
- Electrocution, cardiac pain, and a miscarriage: Amazon warehouse investigation reveals 600 ambulance calls for injured workers
- Peeing in trash cans, constant surveillance, and asthma attacks on the job: Amazon workers tell us their warehouse horror stories
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