Unidentified Newborn Boy Found March 30, 1997 in Philadelphia
Vital Statistics Race: Black
Estimated Age: newborn, umbilical cord still attached
Weight: 6 lbs
Length: 20-21 inches
Hair Color: Black
DNA: sample available - tests not complete
On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1997 at around 3pm, the body of this newborn boy was spotted in the shallow water of Cobbs Creek in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia.
He was spotted, stuck in the mud, about 20 feet from the bank, by two fishermen and two children. The children, who had at first thought it was a doll, ran home to call 911. By the time authorities arrived, the body had dislodged from the mud. He was retrieved from the water not far from where Cobbs Creek joins Darby creek. It is unknown where he had been dumped in the creek.
An autopsy indicated that the child may have been in the water up to a week prior to discovery. He had been born alive, his lungs had expanded, and had died of drowning and exposure.
Where this tiny boy was found. Click on the image for larger view.
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