Toddler's remains under probe in Phila.

Crime Watch

April 30, 2008|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter

Baltimore homicide detectives are working with authorities in Philadelphia to determine whether human remains found in that city are those of an infant who might have been killed in Baltimore about two years ago.

In February, Baltimore police contacted Philadelphia authorities after receiving a tip alleging that an 18-month-old child had been killed in Baltimore and taken to that city, a Philadelphia police spokesman said.

Recently, city detectives developed more detailed information that led police to a rowhouse in South Philadelphia, where they found the remains Monday in a suitcase, according to Sterling Clifford, a Baltimore police spokesman.

Clifford said detectives are waiting for results of an autopsy to determine the identity of the child and how the child died.

A Philadelphia police spokesman, Lt. Frank Vanore, said the remains were found in a shed behind an occupied house in the 700 block of S. 13th St.

The Philadelphia Daily News, citing unidentified sources, said the remains were found in a suitcase packed with a comforter and fabric softener sheets.

gus.sentementes@baltsun.com

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