Tragedy struck this Sunday as two infant corpses were discovered by a 9-year-old boy in a North Philadelphia alleyway.
Tragedy struck the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington after local police discovered the bodies of two abandoned babies in an alleyway behind a car lot. According to a report from Philly.com, 9-year-old Kasmine Crawford told his dad that there were two “dolls” sitting by a dumpster with a distinct smell. His father promptly notified the police, who arrived on the scene shortly after.
Investigators showed up to the scene at about 10:45 am on Sunday morning, and discovered the bodies of two newborn babies, one male and one female, on the 1800 block of North Palethorp Street in Kensington. Officials reported that the corpses had already received autopsies.
There are no suspects in the case so far, but police have been searching for a black pickup truck that was spotted dumping trash in the area where the bodies were found. According to Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, “I don’t know who would do that to these babies, or why. But I know that it’s sad that these babies weren’t properly put to rest.”
Kasmine was walking through the alleyway with his 12-year-old neighbor at roughly 6pm on Saturday when he noticed the two babies sitting in the lot, which is notoriously used for illegal dumping. “I saw the two babies. I thought it was baby dolls,” Kasmine said.
The two infant bodies were surrounded by all types of garbage one would expect to find at an illegal dumping site; the empty casing of an old TV, a large paint bucket, and a used container of baby wipes.
Kasmine mentioned the finding to his father on Saturday night, but his father declined to notify police until the next morning when his son elaborated further. “The first thing that came to my mind was, well, they’re probably real babies,” said Ronnie Jackson, Kasmine’s father.
Jackson notified the police and accompanied them to the scene with Kasmine. The babies lied near the side of the road in the fetal position. He reported that their bodies were blue and had cuts running along their stomachs and heads. “One was big, one was small,” Jackson said. “They both looked like they were about a day old.” Jackson also reported that the babies’ umbilical cords were still attached.
Officer Little confirmed that the babies were likely newborns, but a medical examiner was unable to provide an accurate estimate of their age. The examiner said that the babies had received a previous autopsy, but it was unclear when and by whom this was carried out.
Police have searched the neighborhood for surveillance cameras that may have been running when the babies’ bodies were dropped in the alley, but the search has so far not turned up any useable footage that shows who may have dropped the bodies off.
According to Lt. Juan Peres, “We just want to make sure the integrity of the investigation is protected. And make sure that these children are properly treated with the appropriate respect.”
Little believes that there was no reason to believe the case was a homicide, but whoever left the bodies behind could be charged with abusing a corpse. The corpses, one male and one female, remain identified only as John Doe and Jane Doe.