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Mummified baby found in wall cavity

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    July 26, 2007 - 5:12AM

    A Canadian man has found the mummified remains of an infant wrapped in newsprint dated September 12, 1925 and stashed in the walls of an old house now under renovation, a local daily said today.

    "You always hope to find something in walls - coins, antiques - but never a baby," renovator Bob Kinghorn from Toronto told the daily Toronto Star.

    He said he was about to drill a hole through a ceiling joist for wiring in a second floor bedroom when he noticed a bundle of newspaper he first believed was insulation.

    He said there was a strange smell in the room, but he did not realise what it was until he pulled the package out from the wall.

    The infant, estimated to be four months of age, was in a foetal position and wrapped in a bundle of old newsprint, with its tiny toes sticking out.

    "It's so sad. But it's a good thing the baby can be put to rest," Kinghorn told the Star. "Wow, 1925. Maybe she had a baby she had murdered. Who knows what the story behind this is?"

    According to reports, paramedics at the scene said it looked like the infant had a crushed hip.

    Its remains will be examined at the Centre for Forensic Science and its death is being investigated by Toronto's homicide squad.