Police believe accused was mom
Thu, June 11, 2009
DEAD BABIES: Police suspect Jennifer Sinn, 32, is the mother of infants born about 2001, 2002 and 2006
By KATE DUBINSKI
Police believe the woman charged following the discovery of three infant bodies in an east-end London home was the mother of the babies.
While police were still awaiting results of autopsies on the remains, which were scheduled to begin today in Toronto, charge sheets filed in court indicate authorities believe Jennifer Sinn, 32, was the mother.
They also believe the babies died about the years 2001, 2002 and 2006 and that their remains were placed "in a storage tote box," the documents say.
London police are trying to track Sinn's former addresses with OPP help.
Answers from the autopsies on the badly decomposed remains -- ages, genders and causes of death -- may not come fast, a London officer said yesterday.
"We always hope it's a couple of days, (but) it may (be) longer, it may be a couple of weeks," Det.-Supt. Ken Heslop said.
Much about Sinn remains unclear, but what's known is:
Raised by deaf parents in Brampton, Sinn has two siblings, a family member says. A London sister says she hasn't spoken to Sinn in 15 years.
The address given on the court information about Sinn was 450 Clarke Rd. in London, the same as the Women's Community House shelter.
Sinn had lived at 1302 Sandford St. with a man and three children until about two weeks ago, when she moved out. The children were boys about 10, 8 and 18-months, but it's unclear whether Sinn is their mother.
Sinn is facing six charges -- two for each infant -- after a man believed to be her ex-boyfriend made a grisly find Saturday at the Sandford St. duplex. He came back for his belongings and discovered garbage bags -- which he said Sinn always carried with her -- stuffed into a plastic container.
Police at first thought the decomposing remains were those of one infant, but a closer examination at London Health Sciences Centre revealed the container handed over by the ex-boyfriend held the remains of three babies. The charges filed in court put the disposal of one of the bodies between January 1, 2006, and June 6, 2009.
Sinn was originally arrested last Saturday and released on a promise to reappear in court at a later date.
The two other charges put the disposal of the two other bodies between July 1, 2002, and June 8, 2009, and December 31, 2001, and June 8, 2009.
Sinn was rearrested Monday, after the other remains were discovered.
For each infant, the charges against Sinn are causing an indignity to a body and disposing of a child's body with intent to conceal delivery.
In each case, the charge sheets allege an indignity to "an unknown baby which had not been properly buried by placing the remains in a storage tote box" and disposal "of the dead body of a child with the intent to conceal the fact that its mother, namely Jennifer Sinn, has been delivered of it."
Sinn briefly appeared in court Tuesday and is being held in custody until her next court appearance, expected June 19.