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Newborn found dead at recycling plant laid to rest

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CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A funeral Mass was held Thursday for the dead newborn boy found earlier this month inside a cooler at a south suburban recycling plant.

SEE: Newborn found in recycling plant gets name and funeral

The Mass began at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Ridge Catholic Church at 10811 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Chicago Ridge, the SouthtownStar reports.

Pastor Wayne Svida and Father George Omwando of St. Catherine of Siena in Oak Park officiated. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 6002 W. 111th St. near Alsip.

Rest in His Arms and the Chicago Ridge Police Department made the arrangements. Rest in His Arms has provided services for at least 17 other abandoned infants in the area since 2005.

The boy's body was found at the recycling plant early May 1 in refuse collected in North Chicago, Waukegan and Pleasant Prairie, Wis. No arrests have been made.

SEE: Body of deceased newborn found at Chicago Ridge recycle center

"Everyone is welcome to attend and help us give his little angel a glorious send-off back home to the open arms of our loving Father," Susan Walker, president of Rest in His Arms, said Monday in a prepared statement.

Police said the boy has been named Jeremiah Michael. Donna Betsanes, administrative assistant to the police chief, said last week that "Michael" is the patron saint of police, and "Jeremiah" means "God will set you free."

Police continue to investigate the child's death, but do not currently have leads on the identity of the baby's parents.

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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