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MN hospital says it mishandled stillborn's body

RED WING, Minnesota (WXOW) -- A Twin cities hospital is apologizing for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was discovered in linens at a laundry service in Red Wing.

On Wednesday, police said the body of a full-term infant fell out of a bedsheet Tuesday afternoon at an industrial laundry in the town of Red Wing.

Police Chief Roger Pohlman says hospital workers had removed the body and linens, which originated from Regions Hospital in St. Paul, before his officers arrived at Crothal Laundry on Tuesday.

According a statement from police, the baby had a tag on its ankle and was wearing a diaper.

Police say further investigation revealed that the baby was a male, still born on April 4th, 2013. The baby was placed in the Regions Hospital morgue and it is unknown how the baby ended up in the linens sent to Red Wing for cleaning.

Police say there is no indication of foul play.

Regions Hospital says the remains had been wrapped in linens in its morgue and were mistaken for laundry that was supposed to be sent out for cleaning.

The hospital calls it a "terrible mistake" and says it is expending "deep apologies" to the family. Hospital officials also say they are offering support and counseling to employees of the linen service.

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