NEW INFORMATION: Laundry service: No more remains found in Red Wing

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RED WING, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota laundry service that discovered the remains of a stillborn baby in hospital linens says that no other remains have been found at its facility.

Crothall Healthcare in Red Wing made the statement after Regions Hospital in St. Paul announced the remains of a second stillborn baby were missing. Crothall says the hospital is reviewing the laundry over the weekend in hopes of recovering the missing stillborn.

Regions said Friday that it believes the remains of a stillborn at 19 weeks gestational age had been placed in the same basket as the remains of another stillborn discovered Tuesday. That stillborn was 22 weeks gestational age.

The hospital has apologized.

Crothall president Steve Carpenter says on the company website that Crothall is prepared to help the hospital and grieving parents.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota hospital is apologizing for mishandling a stillborn baby whose body was discovered in linens at a laundry service.

Regions Hospital in St. Paul says the body found at a laundry service facility in Red Wing was that of a 22-week-old baby. The 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.

Red Wing is about 45 miles southeast of St. Paul.
RED WING, Minn. (AP) -- Police say a baby's body was discovered by a laundry service employee washing linens for a Twin Cities hospital.

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman says the body tumbled out of a bed sheet at Crothall Laundry Tuesday. Pohlman said Wednesday laundry employees called the hospital that owns the linens and someone from the hospital traveled to Red Wing to retrieve the body.

The chief says his investigators did not see the body but interviewed laundry employees. Pohlman says he doesn't know the gender, age or identity of the baby.

Authorities would not name the hospital, but Pohlman says his officers are working with St. Paul police on the case, classified as a death investigation.

The linens had been delivered to the laundry service within 48 hours.