Dead Babies From 1930s Found in LA Cellar

Two newborns found wrapped in newspapers, inside trunks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
Dead Babies From 70 Years Ago Found in LA Cellar
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The bodies of two infants hidden more than 70 years ago were discovered in an LA basement near MacArthur Park. The infants were newborns, found at the bottom of steamer trunks and wrapped in newspapers from the 1930s. "We got all excited because the first thing we found was a crystal dish," said one of the two women who found the first baby and called police.

"I saw something not very pleasant and very unusual," said the other woman. "It didn't have any shape to it. But it seemed like a dried-out body." Police have opened a "death investigation" but stopped short of calling it a homicide probe. The trunks had an array of other objects, including documents with a woman's name. "We'll put detectives on this case for the long term," the police chief tells the Los Angeles Times. (More crime stories.)

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