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‘Blunt Force Trauma to the Skull’: New Details Emerge in Killings of Twin Baby Boys in New York; Suspect Remains at Large


The New York Police Department has promised a $10,000 reward for credible information about the deaths of two newborn babies whose bodies turned up in the Bronx at about 1:45 p.m. on November 9, 2020. The department referred to the deaths as homicides in a series of recent tweets and at a press conference Thursday carried by multiple New York City television stations and newspapers.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Wednesday that the infants, who were twin boys, died from “blunt force trauma to the skull,” said NYPD Lt. William O’Toole.

A building superintendent found the first body, called 911, and then found the second body, O’Toole said. “He was pretty shaken up by what he found.”

One of the bodies was on a side patio; the other was on a back patio at 1460 College Avenue.

Some reports have indicated the infants’ naked bodies were wrapped in brown paper. O’Toole said one of the bodies was inside a black bag and was surrounded by tissues and a shower loofah “in the neck area;” the other was apparently not.

The infants had been dead for less than twelve hours when their bodies were found.

Original theories that the babies died from a fall or perhaps had been strangled by their own umbilical cords have since been ruled out, O’Toole said.

The medical examiner’s report said the infants had been born full term and weighed five to six pounds each.

Surveillance video “revealed no suspicious activity,” O’Toole said, “and a search of the garbage turned up nothing.”

Investigators are reportedly using DNA from the boys’ bodies in an attempt to locate relatives, but that won’t necessarily lead them to the alleged killer. That’s why they’re leafletting the area with posters seeking additional tips.

“What we’re looking for is the public’s help,” said O’Toole, the commanding officer of the Bronx homicide unit. “We did a pretty exhausting investigation so far but there’s not much that goes on in this city that someone doesn’t know about.”

“The investigation now is a scientific investigation, where we turn to fingerprints and DNA to be analyzed in the lab,” said Detective Brianna Constantino. “And while that takes time, we’re looking for the help of the public.  If somebody knows anything, you can remain anonymous, you can call and you can give a tip.”

“People gave us their fingerprints, gave us their DNA, so . . . I think it’s kind of shocking to anybody to have two full term babies thrown in the garbage in the rear of a building,” O’Toole added.  He then speculated that the infants’ mother — who remains “a person of interest” — may have suffered from domestic abuse and may have not been the killer:  “we would love to speak to the mother and help her, obviously, if she is in a desperate situation.”

People who live in the building where the bodies turned up have been cooperative but have not been able to provide solid leads.

“Cops talked to every resident in the 42 apartments in the College Ave. building, as well as those in neighboring buildings,” the New York Daily News reported. “None recalled a pregnant woman living in or visiting the building.”

An aerial view shows the scene where the boys’ bodies were apparently found.

Police are now theorizing that someone threw the infants over a fence into the patio area or perhaps dropped their bodies from a fire escape from a next door building. They have ruled out the notion that the infants came from a homeless shelter in the area. Several women at the shelter were pregnant; however, they were still pregnant after the boys’ bodies were found.

Watch the news conference below via WPIX-TV.

[images via screen captures from WABC-TV]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.