NEW BRUNSWICK — Police continue to comb through a landfill in East Brunswick in a desperate search to find the remains of a newborn boy.

The baby's mother, Mercedes Sanchez-Torres, 30, and Jaciel Torres-Lopez, 34, have been charged with hindering an investigation into the death of the infant and the desecration of human remains.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office released few details about the incident Friday.

As first reported by the news website New Brunswick Today, police excavated a sewer pipe on Remsen Street on Tuesday night but said nothing to neighbors gathered to watch a backhoe dig up the street.

Prosecutors confirmed Friday that police authorized the excavation of the sewer in front of the couple's apartment on Tuesday. On Wednesday, about 30 police officers began searching the Edgeboro Disposal Landfill off Cranbury Road.

Sanchez-Torres was charged on Thursday at St. Peter's University, where she had been admitted after giving birth, authorities said. Her partner was charged at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center, where was being held since his arrest on Tuesday on charges of hindering for allegedly lying to police during the investigation.

Anyone with information about the infant should call New Brunswick Police at 732-745-5200 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3300.

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