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Cops investigating dead baby found at N.Y. high school

A teen mother left a bag with a dead infant in the nurse's office at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, May 11, 2015, police say

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Police are investigating the death of a newborn whose body was left by its teenage mother in the nurse's office at a central New York high school.

Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler said at a news conference Wednesday that the baby's mother is a student, but he wouldn't give her name or age, or the baby's gender.

Fowler said the baby was dead before it was brought to Nottingham High School on Monday. He said the school nurse alerted police after looking inside a backpack the girl had left with her.

Fowler said investigators are still trying to determine the baby's age and cause of death. He said homicide hasn't been ruled out.

School Superintendent Sharon Contreras released a statement saying counseling was being made available to students and staff affected by "this difficult tragedy."