Bodies of newborns found in garbage

Saturday, June 7, 2003

CHICAGO -- A garbage collector discovered the bodies of two newborn boys in a trash bin Friday while working in an area near Chicago.

The worker made the discovery at about 10 a.m. while working in an alley in Stickney Township, southwest of Chicago, according to Cook County Sheriff Marjorie O'Dea. The worker had attached the trash receptacle to her truck and saw the bodies when she upended the bin to empty it.

The Cook County medical examiner's office scheduled autopsies for Saturday to determine the cause and the time of death.

The newborns appeared to be Caucasian and possibly twins, O'Dea said, adding their placentas were also recovered.

A neighbor told police she dumped garbage at about 9 p.m. Thursday and did not see anything unusual, leading investigators to suspect the babies were abandoned between then and the time they were found by the garbage collector.

O'Dea said investigators have not identified any suspects.

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