POLICE are searching for a person believed to have dumped a fetus at the Shirley Park grounds early yesterday morning.
The corpse, wrapped in plastic and newspaper, was found in a rubbish bin by a contracted council worker around 7.30am.
Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the find was reported to the Shirley Park Police Community Post by the cleaner.
"We have yet to determine how long the fetus was in the rubbish bin but we are conducting an extensive investigation into finding the person who might have left the corpse there," she said.
"We can confirm that the baby was already deceased when it was found and that it was an iTaukei."
Council worker Harry Singh found the corpse.
He said this was the first time he had ever found something so gruesome in his 17 years as a public servant.
"I hope that the police find the person because I just think it's inhuman to leave a child dead like that," he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Ragigia said the police were also working with medical officials at the Lautoka Hospital.
"According to our initial reports, the child was about 30 weeks old or seven months and we will await the post-mortem report to determine how the child died.
"Our investigations began with our officers questioning people at the park and those that might have seen or know any information that would help us with our investigations.
"Because the fetus was found in a public place, our investigation will be very wide but we have begun an extensive inquiry into this case."
Mrs Ragigia said members of the public who might have information vital to the case should contact their nearest police station.
"If anyone knows something, please come forward because a life of an innocent child was taken away."