Kansas City police are investigating the death of a baby found in a plastic bag in the bed of the father’s pickup truck
The 2-week-old baby’s body was frozen
, so the Jackson County Medical Examiner could not perform an autopsy Thursday, police said. Once the body thaws, the medical examiner will try to determine the cause of death.
The baby’s parents, a 38-year-old woman and her 51-year-old boyfriend, told police the baby was stillborn.
The revolting discovery was made after a man visited the couple’s house in the 11300 block of East 49th Street Thursday, became suspicious and called police. The man said he had visited the home on Jan. 9, when the woman was giving birth in the bathroom.
The man returned Thursday and asked the parents about the bab
y. The parents began acting weird and evading his question
s, police said.
The man called police after he left about 10:35 a.m. He told officers: “Two weeks ago there was a baby. Now there’s no baby.”
Police officers went to the home and questioned the couple. They provided a few excuses but then admitted they had a baby in the bathtub on Jan. 9. They said it was born dead.
When the officers asked where the body was, the woman said to “ask my boyfriend.”
The boyfriend said he cut the umbilical cord and wrapped the baby’s body in a plastic bag. He then put the bag in the bed of his truck.
Police arrested the mother on an outstanding drug warrant from Vernon County. Police released the father, pending further investigation.