A maintenance employee at Slidell’s Canterbury House Apartments made a grisly discovery inside a trash compactor about 9:15 a.m. Monday: the body of a baby.

Slidell police said they had no further details, such as the cause of death, pending results of an autopsy by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.

The apartment complex sits close to Salmen High School on Spartan Drive, off Pontchartrain Drive.

“We are at the very early stages of this investigation and will hopefully know more by this evening or early tomorrow morning,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said in a news release.