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    Default Thought This Happened In Tv Csi Only

    Because in real life this is just morbid beyond belief....

    Officials Discover Dog Remains In OC Dead Baby Search
    Boat Hauled Away As Evidence

    POSTED: 6:49 am EDT July 31, 2007
    UPDATED: 10:40 am EDT July 31, 2007


    OCEAN CITY, Md. -- Officials began digging Tuesday outside the Ocean City apartment of a 37-year-old taxi driver accused of stowing four dead fetuses at her home.

    Police said they have found the remains of a dog in Christy Freeman's side yard. Ocean City police chief Bernadette DiPino said the remains of are not those of another child.

    A police spokesman said that police don't expect to find more fetuses, but they want to be thorough.

    Investigators are also hauling away a boat from Freeman's driveway as they continue their investigation.

    Freeman is being held without bond, accused of murder in the death last week of her 26-week-old fetal boy. Police said Freeman at first denied being pregnant, but said she miscarried after police found the fetus wrapped in a bloody towel beneath her bathroom sink.

    Police investigating that death said they've found remains of three more fetuses in Freeman's apartment, where she lives with a longtime boyfriend and their four children.

    The FBI is helping sift through dirt in a vacant lot next to Freeman's home, where cadaver dogs have indicated there may be more remains. Nothing has been found so far in that lot.

    Officials said the search could last three days.

    Meanwhile, investigators plan to begin work studying genetic material from the four fetuses to see if they are all Freeman's.

    A 2005 Maryland law allows murder charges against people accused of killing a viable fetus.

    Police said more charges against Freeman are possible.

    Authorities have not said why they think Freeman killed the fetus in her bathroom, which the state medical examiner said was stillborn. But an investigation into all the babies' deaths continues.

    Previous Stories:
    July 30, 2007: Medical Examiner: Ocean City Infant Was Stillborn

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press


    Makes a guy just shudder at the thought: a dead baby in the bathroom???
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    It would be cool to read the after action field report on this one. Not so much for the who did what to whom, but the how it was investigated part. I still think she is a sick {D}uck for this event in any case.

    Md. Mother's Charges Depend On Dating Fetal Remains
    Investigators Try To Piece Together Puzzle

    POSTED: 9:21 am EDT August 1, 2007
    UPDATED: 9:48 am EDT August 1, 2007

    OCEAN CITY, Md. -- Investigators working on the case of a Maryland mother who allegedly secreted dead fetuses around her home have a task that could stretch the bounds of even fictional forensic specialists on a television show.

    As FBI and local searchers prepared Wednesday to finish a three-day search of 37-year-old Christy Freeman's home, state medical examiners have a daunting task with the four sets of fetal remains already recovered.

    First, they must determine whether all four fetuses belong to Freeman, mother of four living children and owner of a taxicab company now held without bond in the death of a 26-week-old fetus police discovered under her bathroom sink last week.

    Then investigators need to find out how old the fetuses were when they died, when they died -- and whether Freeman or someone else was responsible for their dying before birth.

    The timing in Freeman's case is critical. If the fetuses discovered were too young to be considered viable outside the womb, Freeman can't be charged with murder. And if they were old enough to live outside the womb, but died before Maryland passed a 2005 law authorizing murder charges against someone who kills a viable fetus, it may not be a crime even if Freeman caused their deaths.

    Prosecutors and police concede it could take months to sort out all the physical evidence and determine what charges, if any, may be appropriate for Freeman if the three sets of older fetal remains found in her home and Winnebago belonged to her.

    Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino cited the delicate investigation ahead Tuesday when she explained to reporters why searchers went through dirt from a vacant lot next to Freeman's home shovel by shovel.

    "We need to gather as much evidence as we can," she said. Talking about the prosecutor, State's Attorney Joel Todd, she added, "he's going to have a challenging case as it is."

    Investigators completed their search of Freeman's yard and the vacant lot Tuesday and planned to wrap up their work Wednesday with another search of the home she shared with longtime boyfriend, Raymond W. Godman Jr.

    Godman has not been named a suspect in the case and was staying with the couple's four children at a friend's house, said Ocean City Police Spokesman Barry Neeb.

    After searching Freeman's home, the investigation shifts to the fetal remains at state labs.

    DiPino said that a specialist also planned to examine Freeman to try to find out where she got bruises on her thighs, abdomen and forearm before being admitted to a hospital Thursday with heavy bleeding.

    Police want to know whether the bruises were accidental, self-inflicted or caused by someone else. They have not ruled out the possibility of charging someone else if they have reason to suspect someone caused Freeman's stillbirth last week.

    Even if police can find answers to all those questions, legal experts say the job of convicting Freeman or anyone else won't be easy. Maryland's fetal murder law was aimed at criminals who kill pregnant women, not pregnant women who caused their own abortions. The law contains a specific exemption for abortions.

    "It may turn into a war of experts, with the prosecution experts saying the fetus was viable and the defense experts saying the fetus was not viable, or it's impossible to know whether the fetus was viable," said Baltimore attorney Andrew D. Levy, a partner with the firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

    Todd, the prosecutor, has said little about how he plans to proceed. He told reporters Monday that the state "will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she did something to cause that baby to be stillborn."

    Todd did not speculate on whether charges were possible in the three older sets of remains.

    Dr. Kim A. Collins, a forensic pathologist at the Medical University of South Carolina, said the odds were long that the earlier fetuses would show signs of trauma.

    "It would have to be so severe to transfer all the way through her belly and the uterus. Even in these car wrecks where the woman will die because of trauma, the baby will have no bruises," Collins said.

    DiPino said police investigators were undaunted by the legal questions raised by Freeman's unusual case. She said searchers would gather all relevant evidence and await test results and the criminal proceedings before police tackle a final task possibly months away -- figuring out how to give the fetuses a "proper burial."

    "We're not going to leave any rock unturned," DiPino said.

    Previous Stories:
    July 31, 2007: Ocean City Dead Baby Investigation Turns To Mother's Bruises
    July 30, 2007: Medical Examiner: Ocean City Infant Was Stillborn

    Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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    What would "Bug-man" Grisom say?

    Murder will out with the help of charred bugs

    Jonathan Fowlie, CanWest News Service Published: Friday, August 24, 2007

    VANCOUVER -- As Stacey McCann sifted through the charred remains of a car fire yesterday, she found what may soon aid police work around the world -- dead bugs.

    A criminology graduate student at Simon Fraser University, McCann is in the midst of a research project into what happens to a dead body, and the bugs that arrive to devour it, after it is left in the trunk of a car and then set on fire.

    "When people burn things they think [the evidence] all goes away completely," said McCann's supervisor, SFU criminologist and forensic entomologist Gail Anderson. Parts of bugs are often left behind, sometimes yielding enough evidence to provide critical forensic information, she said.

    "Insects are usually the first witnesses to a crime," she said.

    "They will colonize the body in a predictable sequence and develop in a predictable way so that when I look at insects on a body I can tell the police how long that person has been dead by basically telling them how old the insects are."

    To conduct her research, they left pig carcasses in the sealed trunks of three similar cars.

    About a month later, the two looked at what had happened to the carcasses and the bugs. On Wednesday, the pair burned the cars, then sifted through the charred remains. "[The cars] are pretty scorched, but we are still seeing some pupae cases," said McCann, explaining the young flies were in good enough condition to provide information about the body.

    Anderson said the information that comes from the study is likely to help investigators be more accurate when dealing with bodies dumped or burned in cars.

    More importantly, she said she hopes to use the findings to show police and firefighters what is possible.

    © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

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