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It's unclear whether the remains belong to a boy or a girl

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September 07, 2015 11:45 AM

The remains of a dismembered toddler were found in a Chicago park lagoon over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, police received a call from a witness who had found a tiny foot floating in the water at Garfield Park. Upon investigation, it turned out to be the left foot of a small child, believed to be between the ages of 2 to 4 years old, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Authorities later discovered the child’s right foot and both hands on Saturday evening. The child’s head was found late Sunday.

Dozens of officers could be seen wading through the water well into Sunday night, running their hands across the bottom of the shallow lagoon to search for more body parts. Police have said they may end up draining the lagoon, according to MyFoxChicago.

Officials said Sunday that it’s unclear whether the remains belong to a boy or a girl, as they are in an advanced state of decomposition.

For now, the case is just a death investigation while police gather more evidence. But locals are horrified by the discovery.

“This is unthinkable, that someone would dismember a child and then throw them in here at the lagoon,” 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin told MyFoxChicago. “It just hurts.”

“Kids are supposed to come into a park and play, not be found dead,” added Novia Hoyt.

There are no reports of missing children in the area.

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