Philadelphia police investigating after 12-year-old's body found in trash can

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Boy found dead with gunshot wound in trash can; investigation underway
The body was identified as a 12-year-old boy, and sources say he was shot in the head.

PHILADELPHIA -- An investigation is underway after the body of a child was found in a trash can last week in West Philadelphia, ABC Philadelphia affiliate WPVI has learned.

The discovery was made near dumpsters in the 5500-block of Cherry Street.

Sources told WPVI on Wednesday the body was that of a 12-year-old boy, and that he was shot in the head.

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Homicide detectives are in touch with the boy's family.

Police may release further details on the investigation this week.

The child has not been identified.