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St. Louis man finds decades-old body of infant in late mother's freezer

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 09:34:47-04

A St. Louis man recently made a startling discovery while cleaning out his late mother’s freezer — the body of an infant inside a cardboard box.

According to the Washington Post, Adam Smith’s mother died on July 21 after battling cancer.

He took it upon himself to clean out her apartment, including the food-filled freezer.

The Washington Post says Smith knew about a secretive box in the freezer throughout his life, and he thought it was a wedding cake top.

He finally opened the box, discovering the body of a baby wrapped in a pink blanket. He said it had reportedly been there for more than three decades.

The Washington Post reports the body had been mummified.

Smith says it may be a sibling. He told a local news station she once mentioned losing a child at birth, and he recently learned she had twins, including one who was given up for adoption.

An investigation is underway to determine what happened to the child and what caused her death. According to the Associated Press, police say they are investigating the death as "suspicious".