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Cape Town - A gruesome discovery was made when a newborn baby was found inside a rubbish bag in Bloemfontein on Thursday afternoon.

It is believed that the baby was discovered by a man who had opened the refuse bag to search its contents.

"Upon further assessment, paramedics found a newborn baby wrapped in a plastic bag inside the rubbish bag. Unfortunately, nothing more could be done by paramedics and the baby was declared dead at the scene," said ER24 in a statement.

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Paramedics were called to the scene just after 17:00.

The details surrounding the incident are not yet known and the police were on the scene for further investigations.