PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The FBI is investigating the death of a newborn found aboard a Carnival cruise ship that returned to Port Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
Special Agent Dave Couvertier wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Saturday evening that the FBI's Evidence Response Team was activated that morning when the ship returned toits Florida base. He said the FBI is working with port authoritiesto investigate.
'We received preliminary information of a deceased newborn onthe vessel (the Dream) and we are investigating the matter,'Couvertier wrote. 'We have been coordinating with Carnival CruiseLine which has been fully cooperative.'
Florida Today reported on its website Saturday evening that anemployee of the Carnival Dream ship found the dead newborn in aguest cabin. The newspaper reported that Carnival officials saidthe cruise line informed authorities in St. Maarten and that themother, a 20-year-old U.S. passenger, was detained.
Couvertier wrote, 'No one has been charged as we are stillworking on obtaining facts and gathering any available evidence. Asa result, no information is being released regarding suspect(s) atthis time.'
He said he understands that the mother is not from Florida andhas not returned to the U.S.
'Due to the international and jurisdictional aspects we arestill working on obtaining facts and specific details about theincident,' the agent wrote.
Messages left for Carnival by the AP weren't immediatelyreturned.