As if losing his mother to cancer wasn’t traumatic enough, Adam Smith was dumbfounded by what he found in the freezer of their shared home a day later. A large shoebox wrapped in plastic was a mainstay of the family freezer throughout all of Smith’s childhood, moving with them from place to place. As a child, Smith believed the layers of wrapping hid a cake topper or perhaps another keepsake of his mother’s.
The Sunday after his mother passed away from lung cancer, 37-year-old Smith grabbed a bottle of water from their home’s freezer before deciding to see exactly what was inside the box. It was an infant wrapped in a pink blanket.
Smith discovered that his mother kept a dead infant wrapped in a blanket inside their freezer through four houses and possibly 50 years time. He called the police, who took the body and have classified the infant as a suspicious death. An autopsy is scheduled to find the cause of death, as Smith remembers seeing no blood or visible trauma in his short interaction with the body.
EXCLUSIVE: A disturbing discovery in south St. Louis. Police are investigating the death of a baby. But tonight, we get more details from a man who found the baby wrapped in a pink blanket in his mom's freezer. Catch the full story at 6 on @ksdknews. pic.twitter.com/juSKoL9SQT— Justina Coronel (@JustinaCoronel) July 29, 2019
The only lead concerning the baby’s identity is a memory of Smith’s that surfaced.
BABY IN FREEZER: Adam Smith believes that his older sister has been in that freezer for decades. I just spoke to him today and he is beyond overwhelmed, by all this attention. Police say this is still an active investigation and no updates, as of yet. @ksdknews pic.twitter.com/RdhmWv9LUy— Justina Coronel (@JustinaCoronel) July 30, 2019
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