Woman claims she put body in shed
Roseville — Someone else put her dead baby in a garbage bin.
According to police, that’s the claim of a woman who has been arrested in the death of a newborn baby boy whose body was found in a dumpster at a Roseville recycling center Jan. 14.
The 24-year-old woman, whose name hasn’t been released by authorities, is expected to be arraigned in the case Wednesday at the Eastpointe District Court on Nine Mile. The time of the arraignment has yet to be determined, police say.
“According to her, the child was born around Dec. 22 and is believed to have passed away around Dec. 24,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said Tuesday. “She claims she wrapped it up and took it to her parent’s home and put it in a storage shed in the backyard. And then a person, or persons, unknown, placed him into a recycling bin, the kind you have at your curb.”
Police say the woman, the child’s alleged birth mother, was arrested without incident at about 12:30 p.m. Monday at a home in Eastpointe. A DNA test is being conducted to verify the woman’s relationship with the child.
Police received dozens of tips about the case. According to police, the woman had been pregnant and acquaintances were suspicious about her explanation for the absence of the baby, Berlin said.
“We received several tips pointing us in her direction,” Berlin said.
According to Berlin, the woman has three other children.
“But they were removed from her custody at some time in the past,” Berlin said. “She is currently not caring for them.”
Police aren’t sure if the woman was a resident at the home where she was arrested.
“We have no idea who the father of the child is, and we don’t think she knows either,” he said.
The baby boy — estimated to be 1-3 days old — was discovered Jan. 14 by workers sorting items at the ReCommunity Recycling Depot in the 30600 block of Groesbeck.
According to police, the infant’s body showed no obvious signs of trauma and still had the umbilical cord attached.
The baby has an unofficial name: Henry Alexander Macomb, Berlin said earlier this month. Workers at the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office named the boy after the county’s namesake, Gen. Alexander Macomb, he said.
Kaul Funeral Home in Roseville will donate services and a casket, manager Timothy McGillen said. Rizzo Environmental Services and the Clinton Township Fire Fighters Association Local 11381 will buy a headstone.
The boy will be buried in Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River, in Clinton Township.