A grisly trial involving a Canadian woman who is accused of keeping dead babies’ bodies in a storage unit is continuing this week.
Police brought charges against Andrea Giesbrecht in 2014 after local officials in Winnipeg said they found the bodies of six dead infant babies in her storage locker. Workers at a U-Haul facility originally found the bodies while moving her things out of the storage unit, and called police with the disturbing news.
During the trial this week, details came out that Giesbrecht, 42, had nine abortions between the ages of 20 and 37 years old, as well as one miscarriage, Global News reports. She also has two living children who are teenagers, according to the report.
The court also heard evidence from the dead babies’ autopsies indicating that they were five baby boys and a baby girl and almost certainly Giesbrecht’s children, according to the report. At the time of the discovery, police described the dead babies as newborns. In April, a medical expert testified that the six infants could have been born alive, according to the report.
In total, Giesbrecht could be the mother of 18 children.
Global News reports more about the evidence about her abortion history:
Documents show Giesbrecht had the first doctor-performed abortion in April 1994 when she was 20-years-old. The fetus was under 20 weeks at the time.
Within the span of nine months she had another two.
In total there were nine abortions and one miscarriage listed between 1994 and 2011.
Within that time period Giesbrecht also gave birth to her two sons.
Two people who knew Giesbrecht also testified about her and her pregnancies this week. Lyn Burdett, an employee at McPhillips Station Casino, which Giesbrecht frequented, said she knew of at least two of Giesbrecht’s pregnancies. Burdett said she knew that Giesbrecht, who is married, was having an affair with another casino worker named Gerald Morrissey.
“I knew she was pregnant with Gerald’s child,” she said. “[Later] she told me she lost it.”
Here’s more from the report:
Giesbrecht’s maid of honour, Heather MacQuarrie, said her and Giesbrecht have been friends since they were teenagers. She said she only found out Giestbrecht was pregnant with her eldest son (who cannot be named due to a publication ban) the day after he was born. She said when she found out about the baby she was “very” surprised and thought maybe Giesbrecht was scared.
“I didn’t know she was pregnant,” said MacQuarrie. “I remember I asked her why she didn’t tell me and she said she thought she had more time.”
Giesbrecht’s husband, Jeremy, also is expected to testify this week. She is charged with illegally storing human remains.