Florida Woman Threatening to Commit Suicide Tells Police About Dead Baby in a Freezer 100 Miles Away
The cause and manner of the infant's death have not been released
A woman who called police saying she was suicidal then led officers to a dead baby 100 miles away in Homestead, Florida, whose death is now being investigated.
The woman, who is not being identified, called authorities on Sunday afternoon to report that she was suicidal.
“We located her in Marathon, [Florida], at the north end of the Old Seven Mile Bridge,” Monroe County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Becky Herrin tells PEOPLE. “She indicated to the officers that she had ingested rat poison.”
While questioning her, officers noticed a baby seat in the woman’s car and asked her about the whereabouts of the infant. “She gave a number of different stories, including that she’d thrown the baby over the bridge,” says Herrin.
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Eventually, however, the woman revealed that the infant was in a freezer in Homestead, some 100 miles north of her location. Officers contacted Miami-Dade Police and asked them to check out the residence. There, they found a child dead in the freezer.
Following the discovery, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was later moved to a Miami hospital, according to Herrin.
The cause and manner of the infant’s death have not been released, but as of yet no charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation.