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Police Investigate Discovery of Newborn Remains on Lake Ave

Worcester, MA (June 19, 2017) – On 6/19/17 at 8:43 AM, police officers responded to the police station lobby for a report of someone wanting to report an unusual odor coming from a bag at 375 Lake Ave. Upon arrival, they spoke to the complainant. He said that he observed a bag with an unusual odor and was worried about what was inside. After a brief investigation, police determined that the bag had been moved, and was now at 384 Lake Ave.

Officers responded to 384 Lake Ave. Behind the property in the woods, they located a garbage bag emitting a strong odor. Inside the bag, officers located a newborn baby that had passed away. After the discovery, the Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Unit responded, secured the scene, and interviewed witnesses.

While officers were on scene, they observed a male and a female walking on the railroad tracks behind the address. The railroad tracks are private property and there is a prominently posted “No Trespassing” sign. The male, identified as Edwin Santiago, thirty-one-years-old of 384 Lake Ave, and Jennifer Rheaume, thirty-six-years-old of 375 Lake Ave, were placed under arrest and charged with Walking on Railroad Tracks. After further investigation and interviews, they were subsequently charged with Removal of a Human Body, and Concealment of the Death of a Child.

DCF was notified of the investigation. The cause and time of the baby’s death are currently unknown, pending autopsy results. It is also unknown whether the baby was alive at the time of delivery. The investigation is ongoing.

There will be a press conference at WPD headquarters at 7 PM.

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