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Mother of baby left in Dumpster arrested

MEDFORD — The mother of the newborn baby found dead inside a dumpster at the Holiday Inn Express on Aug. 15 was indicted Tuesday on charges of abuse of a corpse and concealing the birth of an infant.

Denise L. Flanary, 19, was arrested at her home in the 500 block of Alice Street Tuesday and lodged in the Jackson County Jail and released after posting bail.

Second-degree abuse of a corpse is a felony; concealing the birth of an infant is a misdemeanor.

Medford police declined to comment on the case. They directed all inquiries to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Phone calls to the district attorney’s office seeking additional details were not returned Tuesday night.

The baby’s body was discovered the morning of Aug. 15 by a homeless man who was rummaging through the garbage bin for recyclables.

Authorities have chosen not to release the results of an autopsy performed on the baby girl, citing the ongoing investigation.

A witness helped detectives track down Flanary last week. She gave police a statement describing her version of what happened.

Detectives spent most of the week interviewing Flanary’s friends and relatives.

Flanary lives with her mother at the Alice Street home and has no other children, police said. It’s unclear whether she is employed, but police said she is not enrolled in school.

The female witness who led police to Flanary had seen her in the area of the garbage bin while she still was pregnant and again later after the baby’s body had been discovered.

Flanary has no previous arrests in Jackson County, according to court records.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.