Officials have made an arrest in connection with a grisly case in Canada, where local officials in Winnipeg, Canada say they have found the bodies of several dead infant babies in a storage locker. Workers at a U-Haul facility called police with the disturbing news.
Police tweeted about the arrest Wednesday morning. Police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley could not say how long the bodies had been in the locker before they were found.
“Autopsies are pending, but my understanding is we are discussing very young infants, certainly not children. Newborns,” Hofley said. “The remains were in a state such that it is not obvious yet whether we are dealing with four separate remains. That will be done at autopsy.”
Investigators don’t have many details to go on yet. Early findings indicate that the body count might actually be closer to six deceased babies. The bodies are being examined, but authorities are not sure if they will ever be able to say if the little ones were stillborn, or killed after they were delivered.
From a report with more details about the arrest:
Canadian police said on Wednesday they have charged a woman with concealing the bodies of six infants in a storage locker, but are not handling the incident as a homicide investigation.
Winnipeg Police Service discovered what officers initially thought were the bodies of four babies on Monday afternoon after being alerted by storage company U-Haul, a subsidiary of Amerco .
The police have since arrested the Winnipeg woman who was renting the locker in the western Canadian city.
Andrea Giesbrecht, also known as Andrea Naworynski, 40, was charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child and breaching probation connected to previous incidents of fraud. She remains in custody.
Police said autopsies are not complete. Constable Eric Hofley said a forensic examination and analysis would likely take months to answer questions such as whether Giesbrecht is related to the babies.
“It will be a long time before we are able to answer these questions,” said Hofley, who would not comment on the state of the remains. “Our belief is that these were newborn children.”
Investigators from the police service’s child abuse unit are handling the case. Hofley said homicide charges have not been ruled out.